Sunday, April 22, 2007

Essay 2033

The political scene in a MultiCultClassics Monologue…

• Somebody actually appeared at the National Action Network conference and didn’t diss the Rev. Al Sharpton. Barack Obama praised Sharpton for his efforts during the Don Imus debacle; plus, the presidential contender supported Sharpton’s attempts to clean up rap lyrics. However, Obama took things a step further. “We are all complicit. … Let’s not just single out the rappers,” said Obama, pointing out he’s heard vulgar words “at kitchen tables, barber shops and basketball courts.” Look for Sharpton to launch a boycott on kitchen tables.

• The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to take his rap-lyrics fight directly to music corporation shareholders. The plot involves buying stock in Time Warner and Universal Music Group, the companies behind rap labels like Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella. Sharpton then intends to use the right to appear at shareholder meetings to gripe about nasty lyrics. “Some of these stockholders have no idea that they own stock in a parent company that owns companies calling them bitches and hos,” said Sharpton. Or maybe he’ll find the boardrooms filled with corporate bitches and hos.

• American Idol reject Sanjaya Malakar was a big deal at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Bush administration officials probably related to someone who managed to thrive despite lacking talent, qualifications and credibility.

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