It is a war between endorsers in this 2012 presidential election. But who knew it would be between celebrity musicians? Two of the most shocking political endorsements came from candy-wrapped pop singer, Katy Perry, and the doll-like rap sensation, Nicki Minaj.
Taking to the stage in Las Vegas in order to urge voters to support President Barack Obama, Katy took a new approach to the endorsement propaganda. Sporting a skin-tight dress resembling an election ballot with the names of Obama and Biden checked off, the singer made a humorous remark about having her “poll outfit sorted.” Katy enthusiastically addressed the crowd and stressed the importance of going out to vote – and voting early. In fact, with a giggle and a smile, the singer jokingly threatened that if her fans didn’t vote, she would “come and get [them].”
On the other hand, major controversy surrounded Nicki Minaj’s assumed Romney “endorsement.” Finally released in September, Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 sparked quite a bit of an uproar when featured artist Nicki Minaj rapped “I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy b*****s is f*****g up the economy.” With angry comments flying left and right, no one truly understood the point Nicki was trying to make – except President Obama. Speaking on Orlando’s radio station, the president told the station “I’m not sure that’s actually what happened … She likes to play different characters. So I don’t know what’s going on there." Playing a character was the right answer! Glad that her candidate understood her joke, Nicki tweeted a supportive comment. The rapper posted “Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do… *sends love & support* @BarackObama.”
With MTV’s “Rock the Vote,” stressing the need to vote, many musicians have taken a stand for both candidates. Whether their endorsements are traditional or breaking boundaries is anyone’s guess.