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Entertainment Ben Cook: head of Stormzy and Ed Sheeran's record label quits over 'blackface' Run-DMC party 'mistake'

17:15  16 october  2019
17:15  16 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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  Ben Cook: head of Stormzy and Ed Sheeran's record label quits over 'blackface' Run-DMC party 'mistake' © Getty Ben Cook, the president of Atlantic Records, the Warner Music-owned label behind Stormzy and Ed Sheeran, has resigned after admitting that he attended a party dressed as a member of the black rap group Run-DMC.

Cook, who acknowledged that his choice of dress was “offensive”, said he attended the party seven years ago and that he had made a “terrible mistake.”

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Ben Cook , a key figure in the success of Ed Sheeran and one of British music’ s most powerful figures, has stepped down as the president of Atlantic Records in the UK after an investigation into an “offensive” Run - DMC costume he wore at a party .

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  Ben Cook: head of Stormzy and Ed Sheeran's record label quits over 'blackface' Run-DMC party 'mistake' © Getty A high-flier, credited with guiding the careers of Sheeran, Stormzy and Rita Ora, Cook’s position was particularly sensitive as the head of a record company that is home to many prominent black artists and which publicly champions diversity.

'Terrible mistake'

Announcing his resignation, Cook explained: “Seven years ago, at a birthday party where guests were asked to come dressed as their favourite musical icon, I came as a member of Run-DMC.” 

“Late last year rumours began to circulate about my appearance at that event, many of which are simply untrue. While my intention was to honour a musical hero, I recognise my appearance was offensive and I made a terrible mistake.”

He added: “As a consequence of this, I readily agreed to disciplinary actions by my employer last year." 

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"Since then however, allegations surrounding the party have continued to be made against me. Moreover, they have been used against a wonderful company and the label I love." 

"I have therefore come to the conclusion that I should make this statement and step down, with immediate effect.”

  Ben Cook: head of Stormzy and Ed Sheeran's record label quits over 'blackface' Run-DMC party 'mistake' © Getty Apologising unreservedly to “anyone who has been hurt,” Cook said: “I am devastated that this mistake has caused upset and has called into question my commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, values which I have championed throughout my career."

"I have learned a great deal from this event and will resolutely continue to champion these values moving forward.”

Blackface, the practice of white people painting their faces darker, which was a regular feature in the entertainment industry’s past, is widely condemned as a racist caricature.

Founded in 1983 in New York, Run-DMC are acknowledged as one of the most influential groups in the development of hip-hop. The original line-up of Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, who was killed in 2002, enjoyed hits including It’s Tricky and Walk This Way, with rockers Aerosmith.

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Industry insiders believe that Cook, who had been with Atlantic for 12 years and is popular with artists, could make a comeback given the fulsome apology he delivered.

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