Rapper Ludacris Adds to Obama's Tough Day
By Laura Yao
Once again, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is hurt by the ones who love him.
Rapper Ludacris released a new song called "Politics" on YouTube today, in which he denigrates President Bush, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- all in the space of about two minutes.
"Well give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammer/Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president," he raps in the song. In the next line, the three-time Grammy Award winner calls Clinton an "irrelevant [expletive for a female dog]." He goes on to suggest that McCain, who is 71, belongs in a wheelchair rather than the White House.
The Obama campaign was quick to distance the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee from the song. Obama spokesman Bill Burton told Politico, "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. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator 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."
WomenCount, a political action committee formed in response to Clinton's primary season defeat to target sexism in the media, called for an apology from Ludacris and a condemnation from the Democratic National Committee, Republicans and the Obama campaign, whose statement did not mollify the group.
"This is about beginning the grinding and painful process of rooting out this kind of hate language and behavior whenever and wherever it exists," said communications director Rosemary Camposaro in statement. "The Democratic leadership have pledged to unhinge our nation from gender-bias, hate-language and misogyny and we are taking them at their word."
Ludacris calls himself Obama's favorite rapper in the song, perhaps because Obama said in an interview with "Rolling Stone" in June that he listens to Ludacris on his iPod.
We'll see how long that lasts.
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