Posted by Brad @ 1:05 pm on May 11th 2011

Music Video of the Dumbest F*$%ing Political Controversy of the Month

Common featuring Lily Allen – Drivin’ Me Wild

The best reaction to this controversy comes from Dr. Coates, expanding on the rabble rousing that’s gone on in Obama’s first term:

You can understand why, say, Mike Tyson, Chuck D, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, OJ Simpson, NWA, or Snoop Dogg might be polarizing. A lot of these folks were polarizing even within the black community. You didn’t really expect these people to be received as your ambassadors.

But Common is the dude in the Gap ad. His mother is a teacher. Shirley Sherrod is a victim of white supremacist terrorism, who lectures black people on seeing their own prejudice. Eric Holder went to Stuyvesant. Michelle Obama’s mother was a homemaker. Her parents forfeited a full athletic scholarship to send Michelle Obama’s brother to Princeton. They used to watch the Brady Bunch together.

If Common is disturbing, Shirley Sherrod wants to discriminate against white people, MIchelle Obama is obsessed with Whitey, and Barack Obama has a hatred of white people, then the rest of us are in real trouble

Or, as one of his commentators, David White, puts it:

You know, normally something this stupid wouldn’t bother me, but this story really gets under my skin. If [Republicans] can try to paint Common as a ‘dangerous black man,’ what black man is immune? If they think Common is vile, then I know they have no use for my black ass.

It’s a little unfair to paint this is a political tribal thing. It’s more Fox News needing to gin up something to fill airtime with. Still, hard not to commiserate with the feeling there.


  1. Granted, Common has palled around with the Black Panthers.

    Comment by Brad — 5/11/2011 @ 1:07 pm

  2. I didn’t realize that, in addition to Lily Allen, the first line of the song has an OK Go reference.

    Common: a MVOTW fan?

    Comment by Brad — 5/12/2011 @ 4:03 pm

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