MC Rove ...
... said on Fox last night that using hip-hop to promote Obamacare is unseemly:
Karl Rove is not happy with a new rap parody of Snoop Dogg's "Drop It like It's Hot" that promotes Obamacare, saying it "crosses the line."Right, because no previous White House would have promoted a policy by promoting the president:
In the video, which directs viewers to Covered California-led efforts TellAFriendGetCovered.com and promotes #GetCovered, artist Alphacat is featured impersonating President Barack Obama rapping about the healthcare law in addition to other issues....
"I worry about something that seems aim to glorification of the commander-in-chief, the president of the United States as opposed to simply advocating young people go out and sign up for this entitlement program," Rove said Thursday on Fox News's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."
Rove continued, "This disturbingly gets too close to the line. I think it, in fact, crosses it."
But here's my favorite bit:
"Could you imagine if such a thing had been run by George Bush or Bill Clinton or Bush 41 or Reagan?" Rove asked. "'I have two terms, I'm really cool, I'm really hip.’ How much public outcry there could have been?"Oh yes -- can you imagine if Saint Ronald Reagan had tried to promote himself using black popular culture? It's unimaginable!
In 1984, Michael Jackson was approached to donate "Beat It" as backing music for a commercial on drunk driving. Jackson agreed and it was arranged for the singer to be awarded with an honour from the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan....And I'm sure it's just a coincidence that the elderly Reagan met with this young star in 1984, the year he ran for reelection.
The presentation took place on May 14, 1984, at the White House. Upon reaching the podium, Reagan remarked, "I hope you'll forgive me, but we have quite a few young folks in the White House who all wanted me to give you the same message. They said to tell Michael, "Please give some TLC to the PYTs." A reference to Jackson's Grammy Award-nominated song, "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"...
The Nancy Reagan-Mr. T photo op had happened a few months earlier:
Now, here's the video Rove is pretending to be so horrified by.
Find anything objectionable in it? Me either. But it's rap, so Rove's audience on Fox will assume that it's shockingly obscene and full of nightmare scenarios of rape and pillage, and that it takes the centuries-old tradition of Western music and curb-stomps it in a dark alley. So of course this attack was irresistible.