While the press has been monitoring politicians as they endorse each other for president in advance of Super Tuesday , MTV News has rounded up a series of last-minute election choices geared especially for the pop culture-oriented.
On “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night, Bill O’Reilly showed footage of 50 Cent giving his endorsement to Hillary Clinton. “I just think she could do a good job,” said the rapper, who added that he has nothing against Barack Obama but thinks America isn’t ready for an African-American president. “I think they might kill him,” he said.
Late last year, 50 spoke in favor of the former first lady to Rap Up magazine, among other outlets. “I’d like to see Hillary Clinton be president,” he said. “It would be nice to see a woman be the actual president and … this is a way for us to have Bill Clinton be president again, and he did a great job during his term.”
Perez Hilton, who always has the inside scoop when Hillary Clinton creates one of her youth-oriented videos, officially endorsed the New York senator for president on Tuesday (February 5), even though he sometimes spells her name incorrectly (“Hilary” instead of the proper Hillary).
On their Web site, clothing company American Apparel asks its consumers to consider Obama (for Democrats) and John McCain (Republicans) when voting on Super Tuesday. The site shows old photos of its chosen candidates, including a leather-jacket-clad Obama and a young, strapping McCain, who has a pack of cigarettes sitting next to him. The company says it chose Obama and McCain because of their “honesty on the issue of immigration, the most significant civil-rights concern of the past 50 years.”
And in a letter posted on his Web site Monday, Dave Matthews complained about the divisiveness in America, stating, “It is time for a change, and that is why I support Barack Obama for president.” Robert De Niro also has announced his support for the candidate.
50 aside, Clinton has mostly gotten support from a mature cross section of musicians, including Carly Simon, Tony Bennett, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Carole King, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand and country legend Merle Haggard, though Mya and Timbaland help bring the average age down a bit.
Obama, meanwhile, has bagged equally esteemed vets such as Stevie Wonder, Babyface and Harry Connick Jr., while the rest of his musical roster looks like a lineup for a killer rock-meets-R&B festival: Usher, Ne-Yo, Pete Wentz, Win Butler (the Arcade Fire), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Katharine McPhee, the Goo Goo Dolls, Macy Gray, Will Smith, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Joanna Newsom, the Cool Kids, OK Go and Shudder to Think.
And it’s not just Democrats who are getting support from the music world. Former Arkansas Governor and Republican candidate Mike Huckabee has gotten the nod from classic rocker Ted Nugent, while rival Ron Paul has picked up the endorsement of former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and folk singer Arlo Guthrie. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has, not surprisingly, gotten support from a pair of fellow Mormons, Donny and Marie Osmond, not to mention the king of squeaky clean, Mr. Pat Boone.
Earlier this week, Will.I.Am posted a pro-Obama music video featuring Common, Nick Cannon and Scarlett Johansson . Members of Pearl Jam and the Grateful Dead have also come out in support of the Illinois senator.
[This story was originally published on 2.5.08 at 3:29 p.m. ET]