Obama Campaign Declares Ludacris Song 'Offensive'
Thu, 31 Jul 2008 15:48:18
Barack Obama's presidential campaign has lashed out at Ludacris for a mixtape track that calls President Bush "mentally handicapped" and says Senator John McCain shouldn't be in a "chair unless he's paralyzed." The rapper also refers to Reverend Jesse Jackson's recent caught-on-camera comments about Obama, declaring "if you said it then you meant it."
"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 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."
DJ Drama dropped the controversial cut, "Politics as Usual," in his Gangsta Grillz: The Preview tape. Ludacris' publicist and manager have not commented on Obama's criticisms yet.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff