July 30th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
10 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. Lost In CNN Moderation

    And the haters are on in


    July 30, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |

    OMG! He is as dumb as it gets! This is going to be as bad as Jesse Jackson and Rev. Wright combined!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. R

    does this surprise me from any rapper? nope

    July 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Eric

    Gonna have to side with the Obama camp on this one. As a fan of Luda and an Obama supporter, i do feel that Luda could have come up with a better choice of words.

    July 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Lisa

    Get use to it folks!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. M Wilson

    People should watch what they are saying. I am an Obama supporter but I think Hillary Clinton ran a campaign to win; which is what she was suppose to do. Senator Clinton does not deserve any of these negative remarks, Ludicris should be ashame of himself. While Senator Clinton did not win the primary, she is NOT irrelevant. Senator Clinton is a smart woman and I'm sure made many women proud of the way she was willing to duke it out. People like Ludicris should sit down, shut up and keep their negative, unproductive remarks to themselves. Disgusting and completely unnecessary.

    July 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. California Gold

    He should be ashamed and he should immediately apologize beginning with Mrs. Clinton.

    July 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Montana is Obama Country

    Luda needs to rise above some of his lyrics..

    he needs to be more of a role model..

    July 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. No Obama

    Maybe he can sing in at the Democratic Convention. Obama and Rev. Wright can be his back up dancers.

    July 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. G

    But to the Pumas this will also be Obama's fault lol.

    July 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. OBAMA Supporter all the way

    Come on Ludacris.. I'm an African American woman and can't believe you thought lyrics like this would in any way celebrate Obama.

    You need to hook up with Will Smith. He's a successful rapper who knows how to respect, women, children and people of all backgrounds; and he's also an Obama Supporter.

    You can do better than this.

    July 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Chuck

    Lets stop the viagra ads during childrens programming too!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. OOPS! He did it again!

    What's even more Ludicrous is to have a story about Ludacris! He's a rapper and rappers curse, degrade and down people, anybody, they don't care who it is. Rap sells AND EVERYONE, BLACK AND WHITE BUY IT. Remember, the old "free speech" statements about the New Yorker cover that tried to degrade Senator Obama, well, this is the same thing – "Free Speech".

    So, before everyone gets their draws in a knot and starts trying to blame Senator Obama for something Ludascris said on his rap album, take it up with Ludacris' record label. Senator Obama has condemned the record/cd,and has condemned all rappers that use that kind of language in their music. Those of us who don't even listen to rap condemn it also, and unless you're an idiot, DON'T BUY THE RECORD/CD, JUST TO HEAR WHAT LUDACRIS SAID, BECAUSE YOU WILL BE BUYING INTO THE VERY IDEA OF THE MONEY MAKERS OF THE RECORD LABEL, WHICH IS TO SELL RECORDS/CD's'! Ludacris is an idiot entitled to free speech; this is America isn't it?

    July 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. thisisridiculous

    If Obama was so concerned about values and making sure children are exposed to this sexist, degrading material, what was he doing listening to Ludacris in the first place?

    There's no way anyone who listened to Ludacris could be suprised about the content of this latest song.

    Obama wants to appeal to the young and intellectually vulnerable, so he tells them he's got Luda on his ipod.

    Now, it's not so politically convenient.


    July 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Josh

    hip hop should be condemned.... Obama is absolutely right on this

    July 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Ernie in LA

    Are they brothers? He would make a great VP.

    July 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. CJ

    Ludacris made a mistake here, and he may be alienating people who buy his music. I think he needs to keep rapping about drugs and sex and money, not this stuff. He can't handle it, apparently.

    July 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    This is why we need to change our public education system. This guy has no idea how to send positive message out for somones campaign. This is why I do not listen to rap, it sucks and makes our kids stupid.

    July 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. Is He Serious?????

    Ludacris should have known better – and known that there was no way Obama would appreciate his lyrics. It goes against everything he's about – from a presidential standpoint and also from the standpoint of being a father.
    Even though Obama had nothing to do with this, pumas, racists, etc. will try to make it seem like such obscenity is something Obama supports.
    If Ludacris' was attempting to lift Obama up and farther his cause, he failed miserably and needs to apologize.

    July 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Ekuwa

    Luda.... you IDIOT... What were you thinking, no that's just it, you weren't thinking.

    July 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Sherry, Atlanta

    Ludacris my friend, if you've done anything to disrespect any person/s, please apologize. We need positive lyrics in America, especially during this time when so many of our fellow citizens are going through hardships.

    Let's publish an up-lifting song that 'even the OTHER SIDE can appreciate'.

    July 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. joe

    Who did this guy think he was going to help ?Someone needs to tell Ludacris less is more !

    July 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Ms. White


    July 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. Mindy

    Hmm Ludacris uses the same filty descriptives that McNasty has been heard to use on Cindy in public.

    July 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. The McCryptKeeper

    Yep. C-Rap OBAMA 08!

    July 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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