I knew sooner or later I was going to have to say something about rap on The Domino Theory, but country music???
Country singer Toby Keith had already come in for a “say what?” moment with the pro-lynching sentiments implied in his new song, “Beer for my Horses” with its pro-lynching sentiments:
Well a man come on the 6 o’clock news
said somebody’s been shot
somebody’s been abused
somebody blew up a building
somebody stole a car
somebody got away
somebody didn’t get to far yeah
they didn’t get too far
Grandpappy told my pappy back in my day, son
A man had to answer for the wicked that he’d done
Take all the rope in Texas
Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys
Hang them high in the street
For all the people to see
Apparently, advocacy of vigilante “justice” isn’t enough for the self-described “white trash with money” singer is now weighing in with his opinion that Barack Obama is successful largely because he “talks, acts and carries himself as a Caucasian.”
On Glenn Beck’s radio show, country star Toby Keith said, “Even though the the black society would pull for him, I still think that they think in the back of their mind that the only reason that he is in is because he talks, acts and carries himself as a Caucasian.”
You can hear the remarks from Beck’s radio program HERE.
Keith’s remarks follow hot on the heels of rapper Ludacris and his song “Politics” where he takes shots at both Hillary Clinton and John McCain,
Said I handled my biz and I’m one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I’m ever in the slammer
Better yet put me in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant
Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what?
If you said it then you meant it how you want it have a gut!
And all you other politicians trying to hate on my man,
watch us win a majority vote in every state on my man
You can’t stop what’s bout to happen, we bout to make history
The first black president is destined and it’s meant to be
The threats ain’t fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
So get off your ass, black people, it’s time to get out and vote!
Paint the White House black and I’m sure that’s got ’em terrified
McCain don’t belong in any chair unless he’s paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and I throw ’em like candy wrap
’cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant
and you the worst of all 43 presidents
Get out and vote or the end will be near
The world is ready for change because Obama is here!
’cause Obama is here
The world is ready for change because Obama is here! link
The Obama campaign has issued the now-standard condemnation of Ludacris and the lyrics.
White trash with money and Black thugs with money running off at the mouth about politics make my brain hurt.
Terrible Toby is now known for his pro-American, flag-waving songs like, “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)” and “American Soldier” He’s also known for picking fights with Natalie Manes of the Dixie Chicks. Toby has carefully cultivated his as a rough and tough redneck since he was rockin’ a slightly different image back in the day.
Homeboy was rockin’ that mullet.
I don’t know if Toby is as ignorant as he passes himself off. Maybe it’s all an act and he spends nights at home sipping mojitos and reading the National Review, but I do know he’s in the same company as Ralph Nader and Rush Limbaugh with this “Obama talks like a White boy” bullshit and they really ought to stop. Right now.
As for Chris Bridges, aka “Ludacris” I understand where the brother is coming from. He wants to show he’s down for Obama and I’m all for that, but why can’t he just put a “Obama for President” sign on his lawn and be done with it?
Yeah, I’m tired of Hillary too and I confess that I’ve probably called her a rhymes-with-witch at least once or 1000 times during the primaries, but that was then and this is definitely now. Can’t Ludacris see how he’s going to be used as club to beat on Obama?
Already his arch-enemy, Bill “The Bloviater” O’Reilly has said of Ludacris, “his audience is small and his mind is smaller.”
The three-time Grammy winner hardly needs me to defend him from a fool like O’Reilly, but he really should know by now that the Right will use anyone and anything to muddy Obama. Indeed, O’Reilly used Ludacris to suggest that along with Rev. Jeremiah Wright among others, Obama is surrounded by people of a “questionable” nature.
Which of course is a load of b.s.
But it doesn’t matter if its true or not and O’Reilly isn’t trying to spread doubts in my minds or even the mind of the typical reader of blogs like this one. He’s going after the millions of people who don’t bother questioning the stupid shit that comes out of his big mouth
I’d like to think they won’t fall for O’Reilly’s distortions and distractions, but I wouldn’t be willing to bet my paycheck on it.
At the UNITY convention, radio host Tom Joyner said during a panel discussion, “From Jena to Jeremiah Wright: Who Got it Right” that Obama really needs some of his friends to shut up and stay out of sight until the election.
Though I don’t particulary care for country music, I kind of like Toby Keith for being stupidly honest if not necessarily particularly articulate. If he thinks that Obama “talks, acts and carries himself” as a Caucasian, he needs to meet more Black folks. A LOT of us are just as educated, articulate, and sophisticated as Obama, and some of us make even him look like he speaks Ebonics and drinks 40-ounce malt liquor.
But I have never understood why anyone cares what a celebrity has to say about matters outside of their area of expertise. Who gives a damn what George Clooney thinks about Darfur or who Paris Hilton supports for president?
On the other hand, it’s a testament to the phenomenon that is Barack Obama that he can transform both White trash hicks like Toby Keith and wannabee Black thugs like Ludacris into promient political commentators.