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. Not McDrain

    It's ludicrous!!

    July 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Alexis

    I just heard the song today and as a fan of Ludacris I knew Barack would have to respond. That being said I hope Luda comes out with a 100% postive song about Obama and going to vote.

    July 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. Chut Pata

    It sad to see rap music becoming commercial and for sale. Not much different from religion becoming commercial (thanks to televangelists).

    Rap was supposed to be the defiance of the downtrodden and hence was popular among all people who felt like an outcast. I remember people camping outside a store in Holland to get the latest release of 2pac.

    July 30, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Debby

    Obama sure attracks them doesn't he. hahaha

    July 30, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. kim

    Bill Burton says that "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".

    Ludacris was every bit as offensive in 2006 as he is today, but Obama has praised him and "sat down privately in 2006 together to discuss ways to empower youth."

    It's as politically expedient for Obama to now censure Ludacris as it was for him to "cut ties" with Rev. Wright.

    July 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Mfume Bamboome

    Once again....friends of Obama are SILENT....
    Except those few who can't keep their fat lips shut...
    Keep it up Ludacris...
    And Obama won't be in any chair in the White House either...

    July 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. bj

    Obama probably helped to write the lyrics. He like to pretend that He's above the fray, but he's just another dirty chicago politician.

    July 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Tyre

    This is important?

    July 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Fordy

    I agree. This is Ludacris!!!! He should be ashamed of himself.

    July 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. lioness99

    Why should anything an entertainer puts forth in his lyrics have anything to do with Obama. His campaign is in no way has control over actions and comments of others.

    BTW, I agree the B@@@@@ is irrelevant, no matter how the Clintons try to product place themselves in democratic politics.

    July 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Tyre

    No really! Is this news?

    July 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. PG

    I must admit some of the lyrics were very offensive however Ludacris spoke on things that alot of others are scared to speak on. I do think his choice of words could have been used more wisely but it is what it is he has his own personal opinion. As far as kids listening to this PARENTS have total control over what kids watch and listen to. Im sick of some parents pointing the finger @ music or television when disipline has to come from the parents until your child is 18 yrs of age and out paying bills you have full control.

    July 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Daniel

    Why can't he sing about what he wants? This is how he rolls and Obama should shut up and live with it.

    July 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. pc

    Obama is a man of integrity – If anyone is for Obama, practice what he practices and what he believes in. He is not for tearing others down, He's for building America up! This is why Obama is a better man than McCain. All McCain does is lie and try to tear Obama down, but it won't work. All you rappers out there and anyone else for Obama, THINK POSITIVE!

    Go Obama!

    July 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. earl

    Obama is a man of integrity – If anyone is for Obama, practice what he practices and what he believes in. He is not for tearing others down, He's for building America up! This is why Obama is a better man than McCain. All McCain does is lie and try to tear Obama down, but it won't work. All you rappers out there and anyone else for Obama, THINK POSITIVE!

    Go Obama!

    July 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Listen

    Listen up America.
    You want to know what Obama supporters are all about?
    Just listen to this fool!

    July 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. Karen-phoenix

    Obama tells the truth about everthing! Go Obama! And I'm a republican sick to death of the republican party, its ads and its scare tackticks!

    July 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Obama has to answer for everybody and their mamas

    Ludacris was a rapper well before Obama was running for president. He is also a business man. So, I guess if Obama has to have Ludicris's rap lyrics attributed to him, then can he also claim Ludicris's executive experience? This is getting ridiculous. Meanwhile McCain does'nt have to take responsibility for his own top economic advisor calling us a nation of whiners. Oh and his campaign manager Charlie Black, hoping for an a attack on the U.S. so John Mccain Can win.

    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. 4 THE CONSTITUTION

    It is ludacris for CNN to give Ludicris more attention. And what's up with these people saying trash, anyway? Are they not getting the "come together message" or do they just want the attention THEY ARE getting?

    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. M in MN

    Ludacris should be ashamed, and kudos to Obama for condemning him for this song.

    If he (Ludacris) thinks he's helping Obama with such hate, he should smarten up. He's doing the opposite.

    July 30, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. richard

    Um who is surprised by this. Hillary was continually booed and hissed during Obama events when her name came up. This is a typical supporter just like Alicia Keys claiming the government creeated gangsta rap. Had Obama been in attendance at the concert he would have been all smiles. Just like the parishoners at his church when his Rev. J. Wright said his despicable things.

    July 30, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. Peace

    My God! Please help! Someone needs to educate some supporters to just be quiet.

    July 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. NHDeb46

    Yeah he should be ashamed (Obama that is)!! He sat in a racist church for 20 yrs and never said anything. How do you all trust him now?? I'm a democrat that will be voting for McCain and there are many many more of us!!

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Independents for Obama

    oh shut up, it's true. harrah for LUDDDDDDDDA

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. Ed

    This crap from black rappers won't stop until they lose their music and concert contracts.

    That's exactly what would have happend if he had been white.

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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