Pastor Shirley Caesar Is Not Suing #UNameItChallenge Producer…But She Doesn’t Want Him Profiting Either
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Pastor Shirley Caesar has been making headlines since the #UNameItChallenge went viral leading up to Thanksgiving 2016.

Not only did the challenge put her at the forefront of pop culture, she was able to sell #UNameItChallenge merchandise with proceeds going to her ministry and to feed the less fortunate. But it was recently reported that she had filed a $5 million lawsuit against the producer who had first created, and was now profiting, from the remix.

The challenge was born out of Atlanta producer Suede putting a hip-hop twist to a live version of Caesar’s 1998 performance of “Hold My Mule”.

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But the gospel singer is saying that she is not suing anyone, a recent Facebook post announced. Instead, her lawyers have issued an injunction to halt sales of the remixed track.

“When they refused to remove the commercial song from the Internet and the video, to protect Pastor’s legacy and what Shirley Caesar stands for, we had to take legal action, secure a temporary injunction and order DJ Suede to remove the video, as well as cease and desist sales,” the Facebook statement reads.

Although, she is overjoyed with how the song and challenge has been received, Caesar has said she is uncomfortable with all the twerking being done alongside the music.

“When you look and see all of the gyrations and especially the women, I can even put up with the dancing, but all of the shaking and the twerking, all of that,” she told TMZ. “I just want everybody to know that I’m a gospel singer, I’m a born-again believer, I’m a pastor and I don’t ever want anything to bring a reflection on what I stand for.”


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