by Emily Marks
Recently, headlines about Eminem’s four-minute, politically charged freestyle rap have been storming music news; but his outrage at Trump’s presidency isn’t the only thing people are talking about: Eminem is also being called to run for Senate.
Yes, Senate. The calls starting flying within a week of BET’s hip-hop awards (aired on October 6th) after the rap star’s slandering of Trump. Fans started asking if he could run for Senate against fellow rapper Kid Rock, who had made allegations of possibly running for office. These rumors were made before Kid Rock’s galvanizing speech regarding football player Colin Kaepernick not standing for the national anthem last August. He also made a speech during his performance at Nashville’s Fish Fry Festival, where he delivered another testament to U.S. troops, the flag, and the recent Las Vegas shooting.
Despite the outlandish political battle now sparking between the two musicians, along with a possible rap battle in the midst, celebrities in politics is nothing new. For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2003-2011 political career as governor of California was seen as a success for a majority of his time in office, despite controversy over his election. Ronald Reagan, who was also a movie star Republican when he ran, inspired his run for office. Even Donald Trump, one of the most controversial Presidents of all time, was a reality TV star before his campaign. Celebrities have been known to participate in politics both recently and historically, but the question arises, is it a good idea.
Governor Schwarzenegger aimed to increase LGBT laws in 2004, in a time where America was not as nearly progressive as it was today, proposed the Climate Action Board in 2006 to stop climate change. He received a 65% positive rating before his reelection in 2006, despite the end of his career tanking due to a debt crisis. Before he left office, Schwarzenegger was successful in bringing some positive change to the state of California. On the other hand, President Nixon’s time in office involved the first Presidential visit to China, but also involved the process of Vietnamization (replacing American troops with Vietnamese
troops in the Vietnam War, which resulted in our southern allies losing), and ended in the Watergate Scandal. Trump’s presidential career is… well, Trump’s Presidential career, which in itself is seen as a controversy.
There is an indeterminable line between who as a celebrity belongs in the political sphere and who doesn’t, whether it’s good or bad. Would Eminem or Kid Rock be suitable politicians for today’s government? It is up to us as the general public to decide. Perhaps, it’s better to draw a fine line between entertainment and government, or maybe it’s acceptable to let everyone participate in politics on a high level of influence. For now, we’ll let Eminem and Kid Rock duke it out in rhyme.
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