A new parody of President Barack Obama has hit the Web, causing a stir and wide debate. The YouTube video, “Baracka Flacka Flames – Head of the State,” remixes Wacka Flacka’s “Hard in the Paint” track and shows a gangsta version of the president rapping around in an urban Black community. According to the YouTube description, the clip was produced and edited by Martin Usher and James Davis of Live That Life Productions. The clip has generated over 700,000 total viewers and nearly 4,000 comments.
Comments range from disappointment to laughter. Some viewers are simply not surprised.
One comment reads, “I think its great that African Americans are getting pissed at this video because ironically . . . this is what I see when I happen to stop by BET’s ‘106th & Park.’ This is what our youth see on a daily basis while watching BET and other networks on TV. It’s definitely exaggerated in this video but not too far from what’s actually played on TV. Maybe this will bring some much needed attention to what networks are providing for our youth.”
Another commenter says the parody is genius. “You find this amusing because it inserts someone who contrasts the Black American stereotype? The Black community should be disgusted with how it’s portrayed.”
Some commenting viewers say people should chill. “People act like it’s actually Obama doing the making of this or even had anything to do with it. He didn’t. People been doing parodies like this for years. Even shows like ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘MAD TV.’ ” The commenter says, “It’s comedy so chill, enjoy or don’t watch.”
What do you think about this President Obama parody? Offensive or no big deal? Sound off!