Huckabee Still Hypocritically Going After Beyonce

I’m almost impressed by Mike Huckabee’s ability to keep repeating the same bullshit while being utterly oblivious to his own hypocrisy. He continues to attack Beyonce, Jay-Z and the Obamas for letting their daughters listen to music that isn’t “wholesome.”

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee suggested on Sunday that President Barack Obama had not taught his children that Beyonce’s music was not “wholesome” because the Obamas lived on the wrong side of the “cultural divide.”

On Sunday, the former Arkansas governor told ABC host Martha Raddatz that people needed understand the “context” of his comments.

“Beyonce is a wonderful talent,” he admitted. “My point is, she doesn’t have to do some of the things that she does in the lyrics because it’s not necessary. She has nothing to make up for. She’s an amazing talent.”

Yeah, they should only listen to “wholesome” music. You know, like Ted Nugent’s Wang Dang Sweet Poontang. In fact, Mike Huckabee not only praises Nugent, he played bass with him for a performance on Cat Scratch Fever, wherein Nugent describes how he can “make a pussy purr with the stroke of my hand.” That’s the kind of wholesome music that kids should listen, the kind of music Huckabee not only allows but performs on his Fox News show. But that’s okay because it’s a man singing about sex; it’s totally wrong if a woman does it.

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  • ospalh

    Wait, “wholesome”? I thought that word had gay cooties now. Sorry, is used to described people on the other side of the “cultural divide”.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    He’s saying Beyoncé’s music isn’t wholesome? BEYONCE?! Seriously? There’s far more demeaning, tasteless and despicable stuff out there that he doesn’t even seem to have noticed. These white Christians lead such sheltered lives.

    Unless, of course, Hickabee knows about the more distasteful stuff, and is okay with it because it’s black people demeaning themselves.

  • scienceavenger

    My point is, she doesn’t have to do some of the things that she does in the lyrics because it’s not necessary. She has nothing to make up for. She’s an amazing talent.

    Not necessary for what? Make up for what? WTF is this hack talking about? Does he even know? What’s next, giving Tom Brady pointers on what’s necessary to properly throw a football? And that he doesn’t have to scream and shout as he does because he has nothing to make up for?

    But then what do you expect from the crew there at Fox that thinks Jay-Z and Kanye West are gangsta rappers. I guarantee I hate rap more than they do, and even I know what BS that was.

  • John Pieret

    the Obamas lived on the wrong side of the “cultural divide.”

    Yeah! We should all move to the redneck goober celebrate-our-lack-of-sophistication-and/or-learning side of the cultural divide. That way, there wouldn’t be so many people who’d recognize what a phony sack of shit Hick-a-wannabee is.

  • Mike Morris

    Nugent? I thought he would be dead or in prison by now.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    I think we are missing the true wonder of this story. The auto-correct installed Huckster’s brain is working far better than anyone could hope for. The version that was installed in Mitt Romney’s brain had obvious defects and the proto-type in Palin’s brain just turned everything into word salad. But this version, every time the Huckster is about to say something truly, awfully and bluntly racist, it corrects it to something truly, awfully and subversively racist. Will wonders never cease.

  • raven

    What is so wholesome about country and western music?

    Much of it is about failed relationships. Cheating wives and girlfriends, cheating husbands and boyfriends. A lot of the rest is about being in trouble with the law. To be sure, some of it is about trucks and dogs.

    The Huckabees of the world said the same thing about the music I grew up on, Rock and Roll, blues, and psychedic rock. They said the same thing about my parent’s music, Jazz and Big Band. You could take this whole line of thought back to the stone age.

    I’ve never seen any indication that Mike Huckabee is very bright.

  • eric

    On Sunday, the former Arkansas governor told ABC host Martha Raddatz that people needed understand the “context” of his comments.

    Sure, we understand the context. You want young people to vote for you and realized that unless you extracted your foot from your mouth, you wouldn’t get many. So you tried extracting it but mostly failed, and this probably indicates that you will fail again in the future and not attract enough young voters to win the GOP primary.

    Is that enough context for ya, Huckabee?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I’m sure if feels nice that you people always find things to be outraged about, but you have to take what he said in context. What he meant was that it’s bad to sing while dancing like a slut, but fine to sing about fucking them.

  • karmacat

    Typical Christian fascist. He wants to get into people’s personal lives and tell parents how to raise their children.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    C’mon Ed. You know that “wholesome” is a dog-whistle for “white.” It’ doesn’t matter what the “white” music actually says, it’s ok simply because it’s “white.” Here’s my rough translation of Huckabee from dog-whistle in to English:

    “Attention all racists! There’s ni****s in this country! Lock up yer wimminfolk. Get yer guns! Hell, there’s one o’ ’em what stole the White House from us white folk.”

    In the 1920’s, Huckabee would have been up in arms about jazz. In the 1950’s it would have been rock-and-roll. Both of those have un-wholesome origins, if you’re a Huckabee. He makes me think of this bit from Trouble (The Music Man):

    Headin’ for the dance at the Arm’ry!

    Libertine men and Scarlet women!

    And Rag-time, shameless music

    That’ll grab your son and your daughter

    With the arms of a jungle animal instinct!

    Mass-steria!

    Friends, the idle brain is the devil’s playground!

    Both Huckabee and Harold Hill are con men, scaring people into forking over money (or control); in this case, they’re even using some of the same imagery. The difference is that Hill is eventually redeemed. I don’t think that a sweet librarian and a lisping kid are going to cure Huckabee any time soon. That and there’s no way that Huckabee could ever get me to sing Lida Rose.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    karmacat “Typical Christian fascist. He wants to get into people’s personal lives and tell parents how to raise their children.”

    Woah! Too far! Call me when he tells us our children are too fat! Then even Christian Conservatives will agree with you! As long as Huckabee is Michelle Obama.

  • karmacat

    Yes, because worrying about children’s health is so much worse than worrying about what music children listen to. Of course, if anyone focused on Huckabee’s family, he would have a fit. And he would be right. No one should go after the children of politicians because they didn’t choose to be in the spotlight.

  • caseloweraz

    Somewhat related: Former Eurythmics member Annie Lennox was recently criticized on blogs for not saying her cover of “Strange Fruit”, sung by Billie Holiday during the 1930s (and later by Nina Simone among others), was about lynching when she discussed it on The Tavis Smiley Show last October. Because she described the song more generally as dealing with violence and bigotry, she was accused of “whitewashing.”

    Yeah, right. That’s just the song to choose if you want to “whitewash” racial bigotry in the deep south during the first half of the twentieth century. And besides, anyone concerned about the subject should already know what the song is about.

    In other news, the blogosphere blasted two other well-known singers: Harry Belafonte for not revealing the subject of his 1956 hit “Day-o” — picking bananas — and Bing Crosby for failing to disclose that “Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime” is about poverty during the Great Depression. /sarc

  • Michael Heath

    I think Mike Huckabee makes one valid point in his criticism of President Obama. The president has noted that he listens to some of the same artists his daughters listen to where Mr. Obama finds some of those artists’ lyrics objectionable.

    In those cases Obama neither prohibits his daughters from listening to this music or discusses the lyrics with them. I don’t think that’s optimal parenting on Mr. Obama’s part though as a parent, a very light touch is probably best.

    Having said that, both Barack and Michelle appear to me to be excellent parents worthy of emulation; and a far better parent than the abusive Mr. Huckabee. So ironically, here we observe someone with a log in their eye noting the splinter in another person’s eye.

  • Michael Heath

    karmacat writes:

    Typical Christian fascist. He wants to get into people’s personal lives and tell parents how to raise their children.

    Uh no. Mike Huckabee isn’t advocating government censorship, at least within the context of this blog post; that would be fascist. Criticism like we see from Mr. Huckabee that’s directed towards President Obama is not only not fascist, it’s much needed type of speech if we’re to have an open productive debate.

  • Michael Heath

    karmacat writes:

    . . . if anyone focused on Huckabee’s family, he would have a fit. And he would be right. No one should go after the children of politicians because they didn’t choose to be in the spotlight.

    That’s an excellent argument. Especially because it appears that Mr. Huckabee is cravenly attempting to build some political capital at Malia and Sasha Obama’s expense.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Michael Heath “In those cases Obama neither prohibits his daughters from listening to this music or discusses the lyrics with them. [emphasis mine]

    {citation needed}

  • anubisprime

    raven @ 7

    I’ve never seen any indication that Mike Huckabee is very bright

    Seems that is a given for any of them going for the GOP designate for topdoggy.

    Bet Mike could not repeat many of Beyonce’s lyrics if any, he just asked a staffer to give him a righteous gripe with a morality punchline and that one popped out of the box marked ‘personal insults to Obama or family’.

    They have a whole archive full of fatuous and tragic insults that they obviously saved from the 3rd grade playground, thinking these snippets are the epitome of wit and clever language, which they are to an 8 yr old presumably.

    Give them a year they will deny ever having said anything like that…or they will insist they were misquoted…the same old same old.

    But in the meantime they use what ever the archive offers that seems appropriate…to whom ever gets in their face.

    The level of personal abuse and innuendo has always, seemingly, been a feature of American hustings, it has also has been recently partially adopted as a tactic in Blighty, especially among the political lower echelon bunnies, but I suggest the right wing rhetoric aimed at Obama and his family transcends the usual cut and thrust hyperbolic bollix and heads straight to out and out racism, do not pass go, just collect 200$ and go direct to hate and bile, all swathed in some faux manufactured outrage or righteous pompous fatuous morality.

    And there is no apparent shame in dispensing the utter tripe and gross distorted claims in their copious character assassination.

    But the real shame is on the numbnuts that listen and nod heads sagely as if receiving some divine revelation, just because it is vaguely in support of some nebulous rancid ideology that some fire brand pastor had given them , or more likely the prattling they hear seems to assuage their bestial fear of others not like them.

  • cjcolucci

    We can comfort ourselves with the knowledge that Beyonce is far more popular than Huckabee, even among Republicans. Never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.

  • Michael Heath

    Me earlier:

    In those cases Obama neither prohibits his daughters from listening to this music or discusses the lyrics with them.

    Modusoperandi responds:

    {citation needed}

    An interview with Glamour: http://goo.gl/eLQaxI

    The relevant section:

    GLAMOUR: Thinking about Sasha and Malia, when you ran for office last time, they were both little girls, and now Malia is a teenager. What kind of music does she listen to?

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, we actually don’t constrain what she listens to. We expect her to show some good judgment. She listens to my iPod and has gotten hip to stuff that was made well before she was born like Motown, jazz, classic rock. There’s a whole bunch of stuff that she’s picking up on. We actually share tastes in hip-hop and rap music but we don’t listen to it together, because some of the language in there would embarrass me—at least while I’m listening to it with her. Folks like Jay-Z, Nas, we both like them, but when it comes on and I’m sitting with her and Sasha, then I fast-forward because it would make me blush…. It’s interesting, both Malia and Sasha, they’re very much up on pop culture, but what I’m pleased to see is that they’re interested in making culture too. They both play the piano, and Sasha’s dancing, and Malia’s interested in filmmaking.

  • magistramarla

    Huckabee was a guest on Jon Stewart, and Jon cheerfully ripped him a new one. I loved it when Jon showed a clip of Huckabee performing with Nugent, really showing him as the hypocrite that he is.

    I think that Bill Maher should sue Huckabee for stealing his “bubble” term. Bill Maher has been saying that Fox News viewers live inside a bubble for years. Now Huckabee is using the term, saying that people in big cities on both coasts are living in a bubble and that the “bubbas” in the flyover states are more realistic.

    I can’t wait to watch Real Time this Friday. I hope that Bill Maher rips Huckabee another new one.

  • StevoR

    @5. Mike Morris : “Nugent? I thought he would be dead or in prison by now.”

    Well, they were going to put him in jail but he escaped when they took pity on him becoz he’d shat his pants again.