Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Tupac superfan ousted from government job after constant emails about slain rapper

Tupac superfan ousted from government job after constant emails about slain rapper

His fandom included "Tupac Fridays" being an event at work and playing the music in the office, rapping lyrics with employees and also having Tupac-themed cookies that had "Thug Life" placed on them.

"While some employees praised Foxhoven for using Shakur to inject levity and inspiration into a stressful workplace", Ryan J. Foley writes in his report for the AP, "at least one complained to lawmakers about it a year ago [.] And when Gov. Kim Reynolds told Foxhoven to resign on June 17, it was his first work day after he sent an agency-wide email telling employees to mark Shakur's birthday over the weekend by listening to one of his songs".

In addition to celebrating his 66th birthday with cookies that read "thug life", Foxhoven also noted in one email previous year that he "might seem a little down" since he was corresponding on the 22nd anniversary of the rapper's death.

Jerry Foxhoven told the New York Times he still thinks his firing may be coincidental - he was forced out one day after sending an email praising the rapper to all 4,300 agency employees.

A spokesman for the Governor's office would neither confirm nor deny whether Foxhoven's love of Tupac played a role in the call for him to resign.

Foxhoven said he thought it was a "coincidence" that he was forced out after he sent the office-wide email celebrating the rapper. Life goes on, and only God can judge you.

"I always try to assume the best of everybody, and I can't imagine that [the governor] would base her decision on the Tupac incident", he said. They included hard contract negotiations with managed care companies that run the Medicaid program, a trial detailing alleged mistreatment of boys at a state juvenile home, and an uptick in deaths at a center for the disabled.

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Foxhaven said Reynolds chose to "go in a different direction" with the agency and doubts his emails had any influence on the decision.

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Foxhoven said that he was not given a reason for his removal but expressed doubts that it was exclusively due to his 2Pac emails.

"I love your 2pac messages ... and the fact that you still send them (despite the haters) makes me appreciate them even more", employee Lisa Bender wrote to him in an undated email.

He told the Associated Press he sent the email in an effort to challenge racist stereotypes around rap music.

He said he knew one of his staff had reported Foxhoven's Tupac references to state legislators.

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