An alleged clash between Main Street El Dorado Director Mark Givens and former MC Hammer performer Benito Glosson resulted in accusations of racism plastered across the latter man’s Facebook page.
Glosson, a former El Dorado mayoral candidate who is currently running against Alderman Willie McGhee for the Ward 3 position, posted on his Facebook page a complaint that he couldn’t perform on stage with his former boss during MusicFest.
“‘ALERT’ fb I just had a conversation with Mark Givens the Chairman of Music Fest [sic] El Dorado Arkansas. and I asked him about a back stage pass and said to him,you know I’m performing 1 song with Mc Hammer when he comes on the Oct-5th right.To my suprise [sic] he jumps up and say’s [sic] to me bluntly “That Ain’t Going To Happen” So I asked him “why” is there problem.and he replise [sic] I don’t have a problem with you my board does. So I’m like what does a song have do with anything and he say’s [sic] it’s in the contract with Hammer that I Benito Glosson can not get on stage. because we don’t want politics involved !!! So I looked that EVIL DEVIL right in his eyes and told him this. Mark Givens first of all I am a local celebrity wheather [sic] you like it are not, two my old boss is coming to my town,who wouldn’t want to see me on stage repping [sic] El Dorado to the fullest, but I’ve only song [sic] on 10 records are [sic] more,that Sold over 10 million Albums !!! everybody in this area knows I song [sic] with Mc Hammer for over 5 yrs. traveled the world and abroad !!! And u tell me that !!! This is what I believe Mark Givens is an open face RACIST !!! and a HATER to the tenth POWER !!!”
The complaint has garnered a slew of responses agreeing and disagreeing with Glosson’s remarks. It has also resulted in a post by Kendall Dykes asking the citizens to take a stand against MusicFest and its director, and a “BAN Music FEST” page which already has 19 likes.
A reporter will be making calls for comments shortly. Be sure to check tomorrow’s News-Times for the full story.