Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover...

Yesterday, my husband and I were on the road, doing the first leg of our car trip out to visit our youngest son at his college in the Midwest. We were listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio, and “El Rushbo” mentioned something interesting he’d seen on the Drudge Report. I decided to take a look at it on my husband’s iPad—which I keep on my lap now on road trips, just in case I get a sudden impulse to look something up on-line.

Well, when I got to the home page of the Drudge Report, I saw a headline for an article listing celebrities who are Conservatives, and that intrigued me so I checked it out. There were over 30 celebrities on this particular list who, if not true Conservatives, were at least registered Republicans (allegedly anyway), and there were some big names on there that surprised both my husband and myself. Among them were some actors we really like in the movies but would have guessed were hardcore Liberals in their real lives--Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, and Robert Downey, Jr., to name a few. Woo hoo! What a nice surprise. But just when I thought I’d seen it all, who do you think popped up on a list of Conservative celebrities? 50 Cent!! That’s right, good old “Fiddy Cent” (or as my sister-in-law called him once—to the amusement of all the young hipsters within earshot—“Fifty Cents”). 50 Cent, the rapper. Can you believe it?

In 2005, 50 Cent was quoted in a GQ article as saying that he thought George Bush was “incredible…a gangsta.” High praise, indeed. Then he added, “I wanna meet George Bush, just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him.” Wow, I wonder if George W. had any idea how much he and this hip-hop rapper had in common. I doubt the former president ever considered himself much of a “gangsta.” But there you go, President Bush: there’s your old pal Fiddy pumping you up, giving his two cent about you. (Technically, that would make him 48 Cent, though; wouldn’t it?)

It was probably good for me to see this article, because I tend to lump all celebrities together as Liberals. I never in a million years would have guessed that this hip-hop music artist was a Conservative and a Bush supporter. It just goes to show that you really can’t judge a book by its cover.

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