Originally posted at Breitbart BIG Hollywood
Since Obamaâ€™s election in 2008, Jay-Z, aka Shawn Corey Carter, and his bodacious bride BeyoncÃ© have been right at the top of the list of Obama darlings.Â After all, at the 2009 Inauguration Ball, it was BeyoncÃ© who serenaded the slow-dancing duo into the White House with her own rendition of Etta Jamesâ€™ â€œAt Last.â€
The Jay-Zs and the Obamas are so cozy as couples that the President even allowed them to enter the inner sanctum of the Situation Room, situated somewhere in the bowels of the White House.Â Once there, the awestruck couple looked like little kids sitting inside Saddam Hussienâ€™s mansion following the occupation of Iraq.
In addition to foursome events, over the past few years BeyoncÃ© has been right there beside Mrs. Obama and her â€œLetâ€™s Moveâ€ initiative to get children to move more and to eat smaller, healthier portions.Â The first lady relied so much on the booty-licious pop star that she recruited BeyoncÃ© to teach corpulent school children how to dance around in hot pants and lime green high-heeled sneakers.Â Michelle must have had so much confidence in the abilities of â€œMove Your Bodyâ€ BeyoncÃ©, she trusted that even the clumsiest kid would emerge from the videotaping session unscathed.Â Now thatâ€™s a sign of a true and lasting friendship.
Mrs. Obama told People magazine that if she could be anyone in the world it would be BeyoncÃ©. Not long after, BeyoncÃ© wrote a gushy letter to Mrs. Obama thanking her for her dedication to â€œAll the Single [and otherwise] Ladiesâ€ of the world.Â Then, the first lady took Sasha and Malia to Revel Resorts in Atlantic City to support BeyoncÃ© at her back-from-maternity-leave concert.
BeyoncÃ© agreed to design a T-shirt for the Obama 2012 â€œRunway to Winâ€ clothing line, and the entrepreneurial Carter twosome hosted a $40K-per-head fundraiser for Obama at their tony Manhattan 40/40 club.Â It was there, against a backdrop of 350 bottles of $300 Armand de BrignacÂ Brut Gold, the President discussed with donors how the two couples shared humble beginnings.
Although the relationship by and large has been idyllic, there have been a few bumps in the road. One time Jay-Z had the audacity to express the opinion that he preferred less government. Gazillionaire and part owner of the New York Nets Jay-Z said that he didnâ€™t mind paying more taxes, but wished more of the monies went toward things he believed in.
The high-profile Obama supporter also said that â€œpoliticsâ€ is a word he doesnâ€™t like because â€œIt implies something underhanded and I think we need less government.â€ So, the Brooklyn-born rapper desires â€œless government,â€ but supports big-government Barack Obamaâ€™s big government vision?
Yet despite the contradictory messages, during the first term the friendship has endured the test of time.Â However, that bond is about to endure an even greater test.
Seems Mrs. Jay-Z, the woman who supported Mrs. Obamaâ€™s healthy-eating initiative and who lives in New York Mayor Bloombergâ€™s anti-soft drink city, just signed a $50 million dollar deal with corporate America biggie PepsiCo.Â After the first of the year, BeyoncÃ© will be the new face of sugary, caffeine-laden soda pop.
PepsiCo is a world leader in snacks and beverages.Â The company has made its billions administering 12-ounce/42-gram sugar highs.Â To put it bluntly, PepsiCo sells carbonated caffeine-and-sugar water.
Moreover, in addition to contributing to soda-induced caffeine addiction, obesity, and Type II diabetes, PepsiCo also manufacturers Lay’s and Doritos, two of the vending machine snacks that Michelle Obama made sure were replaced with carrot sticks.
Tropicana, Gatorade, and Quaker are also under PepsiCoâ€™s mantle. And as if BeyoncÃ© aggravating Michelle by undermining her â€œLetâ€™s Moveâ€ initiative and selling limited-edition soda with her mug on the can wasnâ€™t enough, PepsiCo has â€œrevenues of $60 billion and employs 285,000 people.â€ Therefore, the same type of conglomerate Barack Obama has spent the last four years portraying as selfish, abusive, and evil is about to be internationally promoted by global partner and Obama familly BFF BeyoncÃ©.
Can the camaraderie survive BeyoncÃ© being the new face of a snack-and-soda company after showing up on a â€œLetâ€™s Moveâ€ video for a first lady whose signature issue disses salty snacks and sugary soda?Â How is the Michelle Obama going to explain to the kiddies why the pretty lady with the big hair dancing in the â€œLetâ€™s Moveâ€ video can drink Pepsi and eat Doritos, but they canâ€™t?
Moreover, can the foursomeâ€™s pop/political partnership outlast Ms. Pepsi-licious BeyoncÃ©â€™s decision to accept $50 million from a corporate giant?Â And when the President confiscates half of that $50 million to finance altruistic efforts that are likely different than the causes Jay-Z supports, will Jay-Z restate more firmly his desire for â€œless government?â€
If BeyoncÃ© feels it may be necessary to recycle her Pepsi soda cans for spare change to pay Obamaâ€™s exorbitant taxes, will she even want to sing at the next inaugural ball?
Thereâ€™s a lot at stake here.Â Like, whatâ€™s the couplesâ€™ bowling night going to be like after â€˜big governmentâ€™ Barack Obama taxes â€˜less governmentâ€™ Shawnâ€™s wifeâ€™s hard-earned PepsiCo dough into oblivion while denigrating the CEOs that will be signing BeyoncÃ©â€™s $50 million paycheck?Â Is that what Jay-Z means when he says he dislikes politics because they are â€œunderhanded?â€
In the end, it will be interesting to see whether or not Michelle Obama will support her good friend BeyoncÃ©â€™s creative endeavor/business choice with the same energy and dedication that BeyoncÃ© extended towards Michelle Obamaâ€™s â€“ and whether or not Shawn Corey Carter, over a beer at a Net game, will be able to pry his buddyâ€™s sticky fingers off some of the money BeyoncÃ© earns