The most recent issue of OffBeat included a review of Tasche de la Rocha’s forthcoming album, Gold Rose, that many people in our community believe was written in poor taste. We take these concerns very seriously and, upon further review, we recognize that publishing the write-up in question was an editorial oversight on our part.
The review’s author, Robert Fontenot, enjoyed Gold Rose and attempted to convey that in his review. However, it is clear that his enjoyment did not come across as intended and the final product has understandably upset many of our readers. As editor-in-chief, I apologize for this review. It should never have been published and has now been retracted from our website. We are currently re-evaluating our relationship with its author as well.
For almost 30 years, OffBeat has strived to highlight the best that New Orleans’ vibrant music scene has to offer. We haven’t always been perfect, but we have always approached our work with good intentions. We have nothing but love for the artists this city produces, and we are proud of the inclusive community that has existed here for generations. We look forward to shining a light on New Orleans’ unique culture for many years to come.