Saturday, August 2, 2008

Ludacris' "Politics"

Obama has come out against Ludacris’ new song “Politics” calling the song "outrageously offensive". The Obama is trying to distance himself from song which calls Hillary Clinton an irrelevant bitch, says the only chair McCain belongs in is a wheelchair, and calls Bush mentally handicapped.

"Ludacris is a talented individual but he should be ashamed of these lyrics," said Mr Obama's spokesman Bill Burton. Burton added: "As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn't want his daughters or any children exposed to."

While I understand Obama is trying to steer clear from attacks on other candidates, I think he’s really coming down hard on the man he told Rolling Stone was one of hip-hop’s "great talents and great businessmen". Before announcing his presidential bid, Obama meet with Ludacris in 2006 to discuss youth issues. While I might not always agree with his lyrics, Ludacris does a lot of community outreach and has been mobilizing people to vote for Obama since he first announced his candidacy.

The hip hop generation promises to be one of the most powerful voting blocs this November so I hope this doesn’t alienate these really important young voters.

Source: BBC News

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