As Tupac once rapped, “Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep your head up, and handle it.” Those might be words to live by for Jerry Foxhoven, a 66-year-old Tupac superfan who recently lost his job as the human resources director for the Iowa Department of Human Services after sending his team thousands of references to the late West Coast hip-hop legend.
According to emails obtained by the AP, Foxhoven, over his two years at the agency, regularly sent emails to his employees about Pac—350 pages worth, apparently. As the AP reports: “Last month, he sent another such email to all 4,300 agency employees. He was abruptly ousted from his job the next work day.”
It’s a shame, because it sounds like Foxhoven ran a pretty chill government agency: He held weekly “Tupac Fridays” where he’d blast the artist’s songs in the office. For his 65th birthday, he served up cookies with “Thug life” drawn on them. He’d mark events like Valentine’s Day, or the anniversary of Shakur’s death with inspirational lyrics. At least one employee complained to lawmakers about all the Pac content, though.
In a text message to the AP, Foxhoven said that he didn’t believe the Tupac fixation was a part of the resignation request, adding a Tupac quote for good measure: “Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are 2 steps ahead.”
Thankfully, not everyone was against our hero—one employee, Lisa Bender, wrote to him: “I love your 2pac messages … and the fact that you still send them (despite the haters) makes me appreciate them even more.” He responded, “I agree totally. I am going to hang in there on him—despite all of the naysayers.”
That’s right—don’t let the haters keep you down, Jerry. Life goes on.