The Obama/Celeb Factor

Posted by Mack of Sound-Savvy On 1:10 PM

Ya know, I watched the latest Diddy Blog the other day, and it got me thinking: Is there a conspiracy amongst celebrities to hurt Barack Obama's chances at winning the presidency? I mean, it doesn't seem too far-fetched when you give it some thought and how else do you explain this nonsense? Some of the stars who have taken advantage of their own celebrity voice and their first amendment right have loaded up with some pretty powerful words lately in what they consider "support" of our democratic presidential nominee. But when they set their sights and fire their biased bullets, they all seem to hit our candidate right in the foot. It made me wonder if they're being paid to do things like this: act as if they're in 'support' of Obama, but showing 'support' in a way that sheds negativity on his campaign. Is there a payoff going on between the GOP and some infamous celebs to do things like this to hurt the Obama campaign? I don't want to speculate, but something's not quite right here...

When Politics As Usual surfaced about a month ago, I understood Ludacris' feelings, and I could feel his frustration, and to be real I LIKE THE SONG. But the timing and the method he used to voice his opinions was disrespectful and did not help the campaign. Rather, it only pointed more eyes and critical fingers at Obama - the man who publicly endorsed Ludacris earlier this year. Music is about expression, but politics are about tact and strategy and when you jump from one game to the other, the rules are not the same.

And then Diddy comes with his blog about McCain's VP choice. What was that about?!?!? No black people in Alaska? Part of me thought that this was Diddy's attempt at humor, which it probably was, but let's be real for a second: Diddy is very intelligent, and that video was just plain ignorant. Diddy, come on man... what's really good?? You couldn't think of anything more intelligent to say? You called to action the young voters of today's generation, but what kind of example are you setting?

Being a star with an opinion doesn't automatically make you a helping hand to the cause, especially if you can't express your opinions tactfully. If you haven't noticed, Obama hasn't spent his campaign bashing his opponents, he's strategized, and reacted tactfully. If you support him, shouldn't you do the same? Off the cuff lyrics, and viral videos aren't helping the cause. If you really want to help, donate more money to the campaign. If you want to do something visible, throw a concert where the attendees can drop $5 admission donations in an Obama envelope so everyone can be an individually counted contributor to the Obama campaign. But if all you can do is make ill-aimed comments that take away from the upward mobility of the Obama campaign, here's a news flash: YOU'RE NOT HELPING. And this isn't an attack on anyone, I'm a huge fan of both Ludacris and Diddy, but I'm an even bigger fan of bringing about change in this country. I don't want 4 more years like the last 8.


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