Where have all the sorta smart, musically inclined celebrities gone?
The 2008 Rock the Vote campaign has morphed into nothing short of a fucking joke. Their website boasts itself to be a bastion of celeb political activism -Christina Aguilera, with her swaddled in the American flag bebeh and Soulja Boy, he of the one hit wonder where he talks about jizzing on a girl’s back then throwing a sheet on her (that’s what “Supermanning a Ho” is. Thank us later.) Just exactly who is their target audience here? Why are they forgetting all the “smart” young people out there – the ones who might actually be inspired to vote if you gave them a good reason or a good rockstar to. But then again, maybe that mainstream likeable, smart-seeming, under 50 years old rocker type just doesn’t exist anymore. John Mayer kind of, sort of fits that billing, but is he really the only one? What are we missing here?
Rock the Vote started out as a neat idea in 1992. We had a young, non-boxer wearing, hopeful presidential candidate that the somewhat educated rockstars of the day were having pillow talk about after anonymous groupie sex. A not yet Botox ravaged Madonna wrapped her naked body in an American flag and enticed young boys into thinking voting would get them laid. Eddie Veder made a snarling face. Pre-overexposed non-voting eligible Bono joined in. There was momentum, damnit! We learned that voting was crazy, sexy and cool(RIP LEFTEYE!).
Who will persuade the youths to update their Facebook status with ” __is: on my way to go vote, tee hee” this November? If the only inspiration Rock the Vote could come up with is Xtina and Soulja Boy, then maybe it’s time to go 2.0 on the whole campaign or trust that the smart kids who are actually registered to vote will be inspired to do so not by some singing dipshit but by the rockstar qualities of the actual candidate.