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Celebrity Support Doesn’t Always Help…

August 10, 2008

Celebrity Support Doesn’t Always Help…

Scarlett Johannsen, Caroline Kennedy, George Clooney, Ed Norton, Will Smith, Rob Reiner, Laurence Fishburne, Warren Buffet, Kristen Chenoweth, Matt Damon, NAS, Sharon Stone, Stephen Colbert, Halle Berry , Ben Affleck, Jessica Biel and Pete Wentz are just some of the names in Hollywood who are supporting Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. But do celebrity endorsements and support always work in favor of the candidate? Not in this case. Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris has come out in support of the Illinois senator with his new song “Politics: Obama is Here.”

But as much as the song praises Obama, it rags on Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, President Bush and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Ludacris’s lyrics include lines like:
— Paint the White House black and I’m sure that’s got ’em terrified ,” in reference to an Obama victory. — McCain don’t belong in any chair unless he’s paralyzed. — Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped –Ball up all of his speeches and I throw ’em like candy wrap ’cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant and you the worst of all 43 presidents — Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant. — The first black president is destined and it’s meant to be. The threats ain’t fazing us, the nooses or the jokes. So get off your ass, black people, it’s time to get out and vote!

The Obama campaign responded to the song saying it was” outrageously offensive” to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Republican Sen. John McCain and President Bush. “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,” campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in an e-mail statement this week. “This song is not only outrageously offensive to Sen. Clinton, Rev. Jackson, Sen. McCain and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.”

What do you think? Should Obama have denounced the song or appreciate the rapper’s support?