July 30th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama camp says Ludacris should be 'ashamed'

The Obama campaign is criticizing Ludacris' new song.
The Obama campaign is criticizing Ludacris' new song.

(CNN) – Barack Obama's campaign sharply condemned rapper Ludacris Wednesday over his new song celebrating the Illinois senator's presidential bid while referring to Hillary Clinton by an offensive remark.

The song, called "Politics: Obama Is Here," was released earlier in the day and refers to the New York senator as an "irrelevant b***h." Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges, also takes aim at John McCain in the song, saying the Arizona senator "don't belong in ANY chair unless he's paralyzed."

The song, which largely celebrates the rise of Obama on the national political scene, also criticizes the Rev. Jesse Jackson and President Bush.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said Ludacris should be "ashamed of these lyrics."

"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," Burton said. "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."

Obama has praised Ludacris in the past and the two men sat down privately in 2006 together to discuss ways to empower youth.

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. dave

    Obamaland doesn't know what "misogyny" even means.

    July 30, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. Jimmy P - Chicago

    Ashamed? He ought to be lynched from the nearest tree!

    July 30, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. Shame on YOU!!!

    The Obama campaign is criticizing Ludacris' new song. Shame on You Ludacris.......Do have any Females in your Family ?

    July 30, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  4. Great To Be An American

    Luda...please chill. The opponent McCain and his gang will use anything to deflect he fact that he has nothing to offer in terms of solutions to the problems of the vast majority of Americans. No distractions dude.

    Obama 2008

    July 30, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  5. Katy

    I guess I won't be buying any Ludacris cds or watching any of his movies. What a jerk! Wait and see. There will be more antics like this among rappers and hip hop artists.

    July 30, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. JOBERT

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH

    FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    LUDA THIS LUDA THAT

    GIVE HIM A BRAKE

    HE HAS ALL THE RIGHTS TO EXPESS HIMSELF AND HIS FEELINGZ IN WHICHEVER WAY HE MAy LIKE

    I PERSONALLY DO NOT DISAGREE WITH ALL HE PUT IN HIS LYRICS...

    CLINTON WAS A B@#$% FOR WAITING TOO LONG TO GIVE WAY FOR BARACK OBAMA... RIGHT ??

    MCSAME SHOULD NOT B RUNNING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE HE TOO OLD, HIS SKIN IS PEELING OFF BY ITSELF EVERY OTHER DAY..

    BUSH...NO COMMENTS ON THAT..HE NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED WITHIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF HIS PRESIDENCY..THAT WAY WE DONT EVEN GET TO CALL HIM PRESIDENT ANYMORR...HIS PRESIDENTIAL IMMUNITY NEEDS TO BE TAKEN AWAY...

    LUDA MAY HAVE INAPPROPRIATELY EXPRESSED HIS FEELINGS BUT I STILL GET WHERE HES COMING FROM....

    TRUST ME THOZE LYRICS WILL TURNOUT A LARGE NUMBER OF GHETTO PEOPLE TO GO AND VOTE....

    OBAMA 08

    July 30, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. Julie VanDusky

    Why are men so sexist!?!

    July 30, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Mslola

    Ludacris does not speak for Senator Obama nor does he speak for me. Shame on you Ludacris, you should know better.

    July 30, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Cherokee

    I agree. Ludacris should be ashamed. We must protect our children from this type of music and the people who think there's nothing wrong with it. This is ludicrous.

    July 30, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Joe

    For once I actually agree with Obama. The way some black people are taking Obama's candidacy is ludicrous. He isn't some brotha off the streets. He's a well educated BIRACIAL man. They don't really like pointing that out, do they?

    July 30, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. Coastal Paradise

    Posted a comment at 10:46....once again, cut off by CNN! Amazing!

    July 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. Jeff Long

    "While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics"

    That's right, praise him and then shoot him down.

    Substance over the "Symbol"!!! McCain '08!!!!

    July 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Brad from chicago

    i want to vote for obama now. lets paint the white house black and raise pit bulls on the lawn!

    July 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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