Rappers & Reality Stars for Political Office?

Julie Ryan Evans

Jay-ZJay-Z for President?

Perhaps, according the rap mogul.

"Give me a chance," Jay-Z said. "Maybe in eight years, I'll be the president."

Yes, of the United States, and he wasn't even joking. The "funny" thing is that it's not that out of the question that he could do it ... and even win.

He has the money (his net worth was more than $150 million in 2009); he's shown he's an astute businessman with ventures in sports, clothing, and music; and he clearly has a strong following -- having sold more than 50 million albums and all. Thoughts of Beyonce as First Lady could just seal the deal for him.

Hell, put him on a ticket with Kanye West, and they'd be virtually unbeatable. Rock the vote, indeed.

Lord help us all if this really happens, but it could as we see more and more entertainers entering the political world.

Just last night, former Real World: Boston star Sean Duffy won a seat in the Wisconsin Congress. The Republican now represents the state's 7th District. 

Though he was terminated last night, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a pretty good run as governor of California. Agree or disagree with his politics, he made the transition to office from action films without making too much of a mockery of the office.

Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean just recently dropped his presidential bid in Haiti after officials ruled he couldn't run since he wasn't a resident of the country. But before that, he made a pretty good showing.

Even wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota once upon a time.

The fact is, more and more lines between politicians and entertainers are blurring, and a few blockbuster movies or a well-regarded rap album may be more helpful than a Harvard law degree when it comes to getting elected.


It's not that entertainers should be ruled out as politicians; some (though few and far between) may be very well qualified to make the transition and lead our country.

But the danger is that as entertainment and idolized celebrities permeate every aspect of our lives, while many Americans refuse to learn the issues at hand, we run the risk of really dumbing down our politicians and running down our country.

What do you think about entertainers running for elected office? Would you vote for Jay-Z for President?

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