While writing a hit record, being the co-CEO of a record label and speaking about your family’s struggle with HIV would normally get you a pat on the back (at the very least), Jim Jones gets a ‘no thank you’ from a Jersey City school.
Jim Jones was invited to perform at an unnamed Jersey City school on National HIV Testing Day (June 27), but the invitation was rescinded.
Jim has spoken out nationally regarding AIDS and how he lost his father and other relatives to the disease. That's probably why the Department of Health and Human Services reached out to the school regarding Jim Jones performing on National HIV Testing Day.
n addition to his performance, Jim was also supposed to receive a certificate of honor from New Jersey Senator Sandra Cunningham and Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy.
But after reading some of Jim’s lyrics, city officials got involved and said Jim Jones’ lyrics are not suitable for the City’s students.
City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill made a statement:
"The City of Jersey City is proud to sponsor events during the month of June that encourage our residents to be tested for HIV/AIDS.
"When it was brought to the attention of the Mayor's Office staff that Mr. Jones was the star of the concert, a careful review of Mr. Jones' lyrics was done and ultimately the decision was made to cancel the show.
"Mayor Healy has always been a proponent of positive outlets for our youth and a strong gun control advocate.
"Mr. Jones' lyrics speak of violence to women and police, of the drug trade and guns, and other activities that Mayor Healy could not endorse by sponsoring an event featuring Mr. Jones."
Jim’s reps say he had no idea the event had even been canceled, but had no comment on the matter.