Saturday 28 February 2009

Hip Hop?

GOP Chair Michael Steele the other day suggested a makeover for the party: "We need messengers to really capture that region - young, Hispanic, black, a cross section ... We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings."

It was rather painful to watch him last night on DL Hughely as he struggled to explain his goal: to make the Republican party more popular in urban areas as well as with minorities. A respectable goal, but perhaps one better achieved without the use of "hip hop". What I think is so sad about this is that he's assuming that hip hop is the best way to make something urban, as if hip hop is the only thing that stands for all that is urban. It's like watching your grandmother use slang while texting in an attempt to be cool. Good try, but kind of depressing.

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