LOS ANGELES– Seventeen-year-old hip hop artist Percy Romeo Miller, aka “Lil’ Romeo,” has decided to play college basketball, effectively trading in one stereotype of African Americans for another. Miller, who has said in the past that he dreams of one day playing in the NBA, told reporters on Friday that he plans on playing basketball for the University Of Southern California. “For the past few years, I have been an internationally known rapper,” said Miller. “And while I am one of the few people who have achieved success in that field, I decided that I wasn’t sending out a positive image to black youths across the country. I was helping to feed the stereotype that riches can be made quickly and with very little work involved. For that, I am deeply sorry.” Miller smiled and said, “But on a brighter note, instead of spreading that stereotype any further, I have decided to spread the stereotype that riches can be made quickly and with very little work involved by pursuing a career as a basketball player.”
Miller, who at the time was eating a slice of watermelon and washing it down with malt liquor, said that after he’s done playing in the NBA, he wants to pursue a career selling crack cocaine.
April 21, 2007