During Jay-Z’s press conference, CNN asked the rapper’s opinion of Barack Obama’s stance on gay marriage. While your first response might be “who cares,” the history of Obama’s time getting to and residing in the Oval Office would suggest that a number of people do. Not just about Jay’s take on the president, but stars in general.
Shawn Carter has referred to himself as a “small part of the reason that he president is black.” He was pretty visible during the campaign. When he performed “Blue Magic” from his album American Gangster, a photo of then president George W. Bush appeared on the screen when the MC (and audiences yelled) “f*ck Bush.” A photo of Barack Obama would then appear, resulting in cheers from the crowd. Carter also jumped on Young Jeezy’s “My President is Black,” once the election was won.
Shortly after President Barack Obama’s saying he was pro gay marriage, singer Ricky Martin hosted a New York fundraiser for the president. Days before, actor George Clooney raised $15 million for Obama during a party at that actor’s home. And if you recall, Obama made his way to Late with Jimmy Fallon to slow jam the news to discuss student loan interests rates.
Barack Obama’s presidency has been quite the star-studded event. As November nears, there will be more entertainers and more television shows. But, will celebrity endorsements and T.V. appearances really make a difference when it is time for reelection?
What role does pop/celebrity culture play in your politics?