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 impressed

    Ludacris was insulting, no role model for youth, and not helping Obama's cause. Did he think only a close circle of like-minded buddies would hear this song, and not the world? This rubbish is what perpetuates bad myths and fears about Obama as a president who is black.

    July 30, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. aware

    Wow! The pot calling the kettle black! Obama is more ludicrous than Ludacris!

    Obama is the quintessential politician. The arrogant, obfuscating Obama wouldn't even visit troops abroad without his press entourage. If it isn't politically expedient, don't expect to hear from Obama. :(

    Senator McCain is an American hero ready to be president with all the experience, gravitas, wisdom, knowledge, judgment and common sense necessary for the job!

    This former Democrat has had it with the narcissistic Obama!

    July 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. CB2

    Ludacris is a mess and these lyrics are utterly ridiculous. Rappers and etc. will do anything to promote their product, but why at the expense of Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton is on our team Ludacris. Wow!! This is unbelieveable.

    July 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. dj

    ludacris is one of the best rappers alive and if u don't like the blatent TRUTH then don't buy it. i hate when people say rap lyrics are "inappropriate" when alot of it, especially by this guy 'cris, are just the blatent truth and reality of any situation, the REAL world is not always polite, courteous, and respectful to one another

    i am a young black man and i support ludacris and the song

    OBAMA 08

    July 30, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. TheTruthHurts

    Ludacris new that was coming. He was not pitching Obama. He's pitching his audience. Much of his audience agrees and if it has a good beat it will be played on iPods at the convention.

    They'll turn it off as Hillary walks by. I don't condone it, but we know why it's happening.

    July 30, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. BIG WIG

    We have to be careful as to what we are all saying and singing these days. He meant no harm. Hilliary started the song he finished it.

    July 30, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    The truth can be offensive. The world can be offensive. But if that is the way he feels, that is the way he feels. Freedom of press and freedom of speech goes hand in hand. The question to the main issue and the main value is 'did he tell the truth?'

    We need the change in Washington, if everybody in the world was the same, think how boring the world would be.

    July 30, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. RAMD

    THIS LANGUAGE IS OUTRAGEOUS AND ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS AND UNACCEPTABLE. HOW CAN A NORMAL PERSON EVEN THINK ABOUT SUCH LYRICS...THANK YOU OBAMA FOR CONDEMNING LUDACRIS! WHO LISTENS TO OR BUYS SUCH A SONG?

    July 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Ludacris just wants some attention. He hasn't done anything lately so he's just starting some controversy to get noticed since he hasn't sold any records lately. This is his way to get back in the media. If the media was smart, they would just ignore him like it never happened. I'm an Obama supporter and will vote for him but he doesn't need this kind of distraction and negativity. GO OBAMA!!

    July 30, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Socialist Emanuel

    Bravo Barack!

    Sick of these "artist" making their millions on the backs of our people or any people (that would include people w/whom we disagree).

    This is the same (ludacris) who raps about having girls in multiple area codes and other foolishness that helps to perpetuate stigmatisms of the black community. Though some may be true, they must be reconciled to proper conduct.

    This is where the line must be drawn. The line between right and wrong. Not black and white. This is a progressive campaign in every way. Including the progression of perceptions and the healing of relations.

    If we think (as a black man) that (Barack) by securing the presidency validates our color, we are mistaken. He validates the righteousness of God and its ability to tap into the soul of men (Each soul being related to the divine, and thus superior to the shade of my skin in every way).

    Barack-A strong family man with a background of serving communities, (not crack, cocaine or heroin as glorified by most rap "artists") and reinforcing the importance of family and responsibility.

    Ludacris, I understand your pride in Barack (as a brother) but don't get it twisted... He is not the "black" candidate. He is the right eous candidate!

    He is the change candidate. That change is not limited to our white brothers and sisters. And not only does it include your community and mine but it begins with it. If you know the man of whom you are so proud, his rebuke should not surprise you.

    BTW It is counterproductive to disrespect Hillary or McCain. They nor their supporters have the benefit of your struggle, mine, ours.

    July 30, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. McCain 08

    He probably post on these CNN blogs... I hear worse stuff then that coming from left wing nuts on these blogs....

    July 30, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Scott L

    Gangsta rappas for Obama!!!

    Glad that he will help Obama empower the youths!!! What an awesome role model!!!! NOT!!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    Please Ludacris, this does not help Barack.
    We will be victorious if we are united and fail if we are not. It is just that simple.
    We all know what Hillary is but it does not help Barack's position to say it or sing it.

    July 30, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. David

    Darn Luda,
    Let's be clear about one thing, Barack Obama cannot control what other people say. The same goes for McCain. So lets now spin this to make the Obama camp look bad. These are individuals making bad statement inspite of the candidates.

    Obama '08

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Donna

    Oh Ludacris..how dumb was that? you were doing so well being one of the FEW rappers that showed some sort of intelligence...and then you go and do this!!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. Dem in FL

    "Doesn't want his children exposed to"?????????? ADULTS shouldn't even be exposed to this vitrol!

    more sexism......when does it end???

    BARACK...........FIND YOUR GONADS AND SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS...DON'T SEND YOUR CRONIES TO MAKE YOUR COMMENTS.

    July 30, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. Carlos

    Irresponsible and flat out degrading.

    July 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. mike

    Freakin rappers and Hollywood need to keep their mouths shut. This type of nonsense is going to turn off John Q Public in a big way.

    Sabatoge from within Arrrggghhhhh

    July 30, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. Jason

    I can't firgure out why these people just can't let Obama run his on campaign, and stay out of it. Ludacris should just stick to music, but then again maybe he did this just to boost his on music sells. REALLY LOW LUDA!

    July 30, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Nita

    Ludacris is just looking for some attention! If the media was smart, they wouldn't even report on this type of crap. The media is doing exactly what Ludacris wants them to do and that is give him some publicity and help to put a few bucks in his pocket. Everyone knows that controversy puts you back on the map and that's all he's doing. I'm an Obama supporter. He doesn't need this type of negativity even though it is pointing the finger at other people. It would have been more intelligent if he would have put out something positive about Obama to music, but I guess he doesn't know any better. His mind can't think that far. To Ludacris, I'd say come up with a remix to his little crap rap that's more positive. GO OBAMA!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. proud army and navy mom

    Lets see Rev Wright, Rezko, Ayers, Flager and now Ludacris.......Let me take a wild guess "That is not the Ludacris I know"

    Obama claims he has 11 of the racists songs on his IPOD and that he is very talented. The pattern of Obama's friends all seem to have one thing in common.

    I am probably just reading into all of his friends to much......I am sure they are all just misunderstood

    July 30, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. Dec 25th 2012

    People are identified by the company they keep!!! Obama has considered ludacris and is fan of the hip hop gangster rap

    July 30, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. texas4obama

    He is a rapper....I didnt know he was a surrogate. We know what he is saying...comedians say the same stuff! Everybody has said the same stuff in so many words. Let the man make his music and chill out people.

    Obama '08

    Houston, TX

    July 30, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. Not surprised

    ladies and gentlemen, meet the obama supporters! i really shouldn't be surprised by anything that comes from his supporters at this point.

    July 30, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. proud army and navy mom

    Lets see Rev Wright, Rezko, Ayers, Flager and now Ludacris…….Let me take a wild guess "That is not the Ludacris I know"

    Obama claims he has 11 of the racists songs on his IPOD and that he is very talented. The pattern of Obama's friends all seem to have one thing in common.

    I am probably just reading into all of his friends to much……I am sure they are all just misunderstood.

    I am sorry I forgot the honorable Louie Farrakhan....How did that happen

    July 30, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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