"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 Wednesday. "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."
Ludacris' publicist and manager did not immediately return calls Wednesday for comment.
I'm not sure I believe that O's been criticizing rap lyrics "many, many times in the past." *cough* But at least they didn't shrug.
Tangentially related: Not all celebrity endorsements are helpful.
Let`s state the obvious – if the singer was a white, pro-McCain rapper, and the paralysis joke was directed at Obama, the outcry would have filled the airwaves, and the streets. But that sort of thing never happens – mainly because there`s no such thing as a white, pro-McCain rapper – and most conservatives don`t wish ill-will on their political adversaries. That`s because, to them - good and evil is more important than left and right. On the progressive end of things though, it`s built into the recipe: if you don`t agree with me, something evil lurks in you – and you should probably die. And when you die, I will dance on your grave.