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. Loretta from California

    This is the reason why very few people are listening to rap music these days. We are all tired of the disrespect.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. deroy

    obama and luda are old pals.
    check it out.

    July 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. matt

    I'm a fan of Ludacris. I'm an Obama supporter...but lets be honest. Who cares what Ludacris said about Hillary Clinton?

    July 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Sick of Republican Tactics!

    Does anybody think McCain would have done what Obama did! Ha! He would have paid the rapper to make up more songs that belittle anyone who gets in his way!

    Como se dice "Republican Tactics!"?

    July 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. LLMTruth

    I stopped listening to the rap-crap years ago. Its a useless and very demeaing form of musical expression. It often times degradates the value of a woman's role in society.

    So, I'm not suprised at the language and infantile message in this rap song by Ludacris. He as well as many other rappers need to re-evaluate what exactly is their purpose in society because they basically uplift no one. Its all pretty much worthless garble from individuals who are only seeking to increase their personal weath. They should just shut up and leave real life to those of us interested in reasonable change. Not racial diatribe BS.

    July 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. rachae

    What ever happened to freedom of speech. I understand Obama is trying to walk a fine line, but why is what some rapper says worth him responding.

    July 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. Nice try CNN trying to create controversy

    Sure Obama praised Ludicris in the past, but it was for doing positive things. He praises positivity and scolds negativity regardless of who it is. Don't try to make it look like Obama is for everything that everybody around him is for. I agree with Mccain he does need to get more media coverage. Everything Obama and people he knows says gets scrutinized. Meanwhile things McCain says are not scrutinized at all. He is a Gaffe machine, but many people have no idea.

    July 30, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Desmond Sequeira

    If I might say so, that is the problem with many of these rappers, etc: They tend to be very angry, insecure people so that even their way of supporting somebody ends up being nasty and hurtful to others and thereby being completely counter-productive for the very people they are trying to support! This Ludacris person would have been smart to consult the Obama campaign before producing his rap. But then, all too often, we prefer to spring our "smartness" on the world so the world will know how smart we are all on our own – and the world then thinks otherwise. Another great opportunity missed, Mr. Ludacris.

    July 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. Dan, Louisiana

    Obama is d very reason that these rap jokes shd get their acts together. I am happy he is already telling them to go read a book.

    July 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. Herman in LA

    I'm voting for a president and could care less about what a rapper say's

    July 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. VOICE OF REASON

    ANDREW DICE CLAY IS A HAS BEEN FOR SUCH REMARKS CALLING IT ENTERTAINMENT. OL KRAMER LEARNT THE HARD WAY WITH HIS MOUTH. THIS CAT WILL MAKE THE GRAMMYS WITH THIS SLAM DUNK ON HILLARY. MAYBE SHE HAD IT COMING. MAYBE NOT. HYPOCRISY IS SO REAL IN AMERICA. GENERALLY REFERRED TO AS REVERSE DICRIMINATION. AMAZING THIS BLIP SHOWED UP UNLESS OBLAMA IS ALLOWED TO RIDE TO THE RESCUE AND MAKE GOOD WITH NOBODY WHO DOESNT SEE THESE PEEPS FOR WHAT THEY ALL ARE. OPPORTUNIST PIED PIPERS WHO CANT HIDE WHO THEY REALLY ARE. COME OUT COME OUT WHEVER YOU ARE.

    July 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Fazio

    You know, I think Ludacris probably thought he was helping the Obama cause...

    Sad

    July 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    Obama is right.

    Ludacris is ludicrous.

    July 30, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. gary

    THATS THE CHANGE 'S OBAMA BROUGHT. HE TOOK US BACK 100YRS. OR MORE ,TO THE RACIST ISSUES. O.B. IS A BIG JOKE.

    July 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. Mike Kaplan

    Hmmm.....a video that calls Hillary a b""h, and suggests that John McCain should be paralyzed. That's not very helpful to Obama, isn't it? Thanks for your "support", Ludacris (you idiot!)

    July 30, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. PWill

    Man Luda, what are you thinking? Luda's a talented rapper and he could have just stayed postive the whole song, similar to Nas's Black President track- there was no need for that McCain line or the lines about Bush...Luda should have been smarter than this. He is not a stupid person and he had a chance to really say something in this song but he chose to go childish and negative...very dissapointing and he diserves whatever repercussions that he receives.

    July 30, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Get Real

    I can't wait for Lisa and the rest of the rep. buncg to start blaming Sen Obama for what some singer on his Ipod says. I wonder who Mccain listens to, and will the media look at their songs

    July 30, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. mwm

    not appropriate for children,but,i've seen worse on this blog.

    July 30, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. rachel

    Yeah right!! Obama probably blasts the song on his Ipod. He thinks Luda and Jay Z are down. And every Obama supporter who says its freedom of speech are hypocrites cause they would be calling for protest marches across the nation (like they did to fox) If perhaps there was a song out saying harsh things like this against Obama and perhaps saying that Michelle was a irrelevant well you know. Let the Obama supporter justify this I am sure they will figure out a way.. POST CNN.

    July 30, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. dj

    that's true. He should be

    July 30, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. seah5 Ohio

    When Obama himself condemns them then you can believe it.

    Obama has always enjoyed Dissing anyone he could and others doing the same.

    Obama has been the evilest when it comes to campaign smear. Obama is the King of campaign smear and dirty tactics.

    July 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. RJ, CA

    So how about what Rev. Wright said? Obama never said he was "ashamed" of that. That's a lot more serious than what this rapper says - because we know he just wants to sell his stuff. Rev.' Wright's "stuff" was free-for-the-taking to "take America down."

    July 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. Ridgeway

    These types are attracted to flashy, celeb types. Sports figures, actors, rappers, miscellaneous bad boys, etc. Rarely are they attracted to or supportive of any person of substance. Ludacris rapping in support of Hussein? Eh? I rest my case.

    July 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. State of the Mind

    You'll be suprised at how much the McBush is gonna try to seize this minor issue! The fact is Luda has natural talent, I do not agree that with an offensive song either, and I am a BIG Luda FAN..but the ONE fact is that there has been PRO-Old man McBush/Mcsame and Senator Clinton who has said a lot more worse about Senator Obama..but I never heard them being brave to condemn them like Obama did! Shows what KIND of PRESIDENT Obama is gonna make- FEARLESS, MAN OF CHARACTER who is NOT ashamed to reject offensive labels even if it was praising him! He is the EPITOME of what American Dream should be- EQUALITY, and Family Values! but Mcsame, bless his desperate heart :) heading south!

    July 30, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. Sharon from Virginia

    How sad, Obama talk with this guy in 2006 and he still doesn't get it. STUPID!!!! What a waste of time for Mr Obama because this guy was not listening at all. I Will never buy or listen to it.

    July 30, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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