Politicians Under Fire For Associating With Rappers

Are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama trying to use Hip Hop to get votes or do they have genuine interest in the culture? Some would lobby for the latter.

The fall out from the Imus bomb continues this week with several politicians under fire for affiliating with Hip Hop.


Sen. Hillary Clinton has found herself the subject of scrutiny due to a fund raiser she attended in her honor thrown by Timbaland. The event netted the 2008 presidential hopeful $800,000.


Her competition and fellow Democrat, Sen. Barack Obama also drew criticism last year after inviting Ludacris to his Chicago office to discuss the emcees AIDS awareness campaign.


Both politicians have spoken out against the degradation of women in our culture, causing some to question whether or not their Hip Hop affiliations are hypocritical.


Clinton noted that Imus’ comments were "disrespectful and degrading to African Americans and women everywhere,” according to a New York Daily News article.


Friday, Obama told the Associated Press that “we've seen a coarsening of the culture" and that “we have not talked enough about the harmful images and messages that are sent."


“I think that all of us have become a little complicit in this kind of relaxed attitude toward some pretty offensive things," he added. "And I hope this prompts some self-reflection on the part of all of us."


Both parties declined to discuss their conflicting statements when it came to associating with Timbaland and Ludacris, but that didn’t stop others from weighing in over the weekend.


Rev. Al Sharpton appeared on Fox News Sunday and said he will question candidates on their associations at his upcoming National Action Network convention. He also noted that he’s been on the front lines in the fight against entertainment that can be labeled offensive, citing his campaigns against The Boondocks and Three Six Mafia’s Oscar nomination.

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