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'Bitch, I Voted for Gary Johnson': Revisit This 2012 Endorsement From Rapper Big Boi

Will the hip-hop artist throw his love behind Libertarian Gary Johnson again in 2016?

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Donald Trump has a fan in Wayne Newton. Hillary Clinton has Katy Perry (and most of the rest of politicized pop stars). Maybe Gary Johnson can get a little love again this year from hip-hop artist Big Boi?

Best known as the less outlandish member of Outkast, the rapper is currently making music with electronic-rock dua Phantogram under the moniker Big Grams and, on the political side of things, was last seen supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders. He told the Rap Radar Podcast last fall that while he wasn't "endorsing" anybody for president yet, he liked Sanders "because he's with prison reform and things like that."

But during the previous presidential election, Big Boi was a Gary Johnson supporter. In a 2012 interview that's been re-making the rounds recently, Big Boi, who is black, spoke to New York City's Hot 97 about being approached by a white woman at the airport on the day after Barack Obama won. The lady told him, "Congratulations on your win last night."

Big Boi's response as he playfully relays it? "Bitch, I voted for Gary Johnson!"

Big Boi later told HuffPost Live that he had "nothing against" President Obama, but "the things that they're standing on right now just didn't agree with me." He continued: "I'm a Libertarian. I'm liberty, justice for all, liberty for all. I'm really pro-people, pro-freedom, and, you know, this is all about positivity."

More recently, when asked whether he considered himself a libertarian, Big Boi responded that he was "a humanitarian."

Still, with Sen. Sanders now out of the race, perhaps Big Boi will throw his support back toward the Libertarian ticket. Alas, I reached out to Big Boi and his publicity folks for fresh comment on Johnson but received no response. But Johnson is certainly the only presidential candidate left who could reasonably be described as "pro-freedom," and the best of them on issues such as marijuana decriminalization and prison reform.

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  1. Black man voting against his own best interest shows full extent of white oppression.

    1. Uncle Tom, no doubts.

    2. voting against his own best interest

      The proper response to such arguments is: “How do you know what other peoples interests are?”

  2. Big Boi can’t countenance Weld’s SC picks.

    1. Gary “I am not going to throw stones.”
      Weld “That big haired nazi is a huckster.”

      Gary “we are doing this as a team.”
      Weld “I’m gonna burn this fucker down.”

  3. Reason will write about Big Boi but they won’t write about Raven Symone? What is Reason afraid of? Is Reason afraid scared of strong, black, homosexuals? Is that it?

    Is it me or is Reason becoming more right-wing by the day.

    1. If they go any further right I fear that they’ll do a new site theme with a hammer and sickle.

      1. It’s like Tony Perkins is in charge.

        1. Didn’t he kill a lady in a shower?

    2. I’d like to talk more about my Raven bump.

      1. *vomits in mouth*

    3. Joy Behar? Why do you hate me.

    4. Is it me or is Reason becoming more right-wing by the day.

      Wait, I’m confused, I thought Reason was turning into a hotbed of cosmos and proggies pretending to be libertarian until they could get hired by a “respectable” left-wing outlet like Salon or Huff-Post. Which is it?

  4. It would almost be worth voting if the Johnson campaign handed out little stickers at the polling places that said “Bitch I voted for Gary Johnson”.

    1. It’s illegal to campaign within some distance (100ft or 50 ft, can’t remember which and too lazy to look it up) of a polling place, but they should definitely offer those for sale, assuming they’ve gotten their campaign swag website up and running.

  5. Wow, looksie here, we found one black dude who once voted for Gary Johnson! Libertarian moment! Maybe we can even find one female and one of them orientals who will vote for him?

    1. Oriental libertarians? Now you are just talking crazy. Those robotic little fuckers would never vote Gay Jay.

      1. Will they vote Weld in sympathy with their mechanical brother?

        I mean, seriously, Weld? A robot name designation if I ever saw one.

        1. Weld wrote a novel whose (white) protagonist had an adulterous affair with the (white) wife of a Chinese man, so maybe he shouldn’t be counting on the Asian-American vote just yet.

          1. (SPOILER ALERT) The narrator, a former prosecutor who goes into politics in Massachusetts, ends up revealing that he’s the murderer.

        2. “JOHNSON/WELD 2016”?……It does seem like a pretty obvious Tin Whistle to Robot community and those identifying as Robots, as well as to every Robo-Supremacist nut job and creepy Robo-Sexual in the country.

    2. Need 1 black, 1 Latino, 1 asian, 1 Aussie, 1 psycho, 1 half-alligator half-man.

      1. And with Ron Bailey’s help, we will get that half-alligator half-man.

        1. ManBearPig. Im super super cereal.

    3. My wife is both female and Filipino and is also a Gary Johnson voter! She is the smallest voter demographic in the country.

      After the 2012 election, her mother asked her who she voted for and upon hearing the response said “Who the fuck is Gary Johnson?”

    4. Lily Tang Williams qualifies for both.

  6. “Still, with Sen. Sanders now out of the race, perhaps Big Boi will throw his support back toward the Libertarian ticket.”

    I suppose it depends on how big of a backlash he suffered back in 2012. Looking at his support of Bernie Sanders and his “humanitarian” comment it’s just as likely he’ll back Jill Stein. He seems more like he’s a progressive who cares about civil liberties not a libertarian.

  7. My Damascus moment towards Libertarianism was when an acquaintance of mine got upset that I was undecided during the election of 2004. I was still a Democrat at the time but started to see how their policies were shit, but wasn’t ready to become a Republican. When I told her that I wasn’t too thrilled about Bush or Kerry, she went on this diatribe of how I’m suppose to vote Democrat, because without the party and liberals, I wouldn’t be in college or successful. She didn’t come outright and say it, but she believed that black people are obligated to vote for the Democrats

    1. Wait… are you saying that black people are NOT obligated to vote for Democrats? What sort of racist bigot monster are you?

      1. Democrats have trouble getting used to the 13th Amendment, which they mostly opposed.

        They don’t see why they can’t continue to own black people.

    2. “without the party and liberals, I wouldn’t be in college or successful.”

      The Democrats offered black people free food and lodging, why the ingratitude?

    3. My Damascus moment towards Libertarianism was when an acquaintance of mine got upset that I was undecided during the election of 2004.

      The start of my conversion was when I didn’t vote in 2004 and people who were for either Bush or Kerry reacted like I had just slaughtered a baby kitten in front of them. Apparently I was obligated to suck it up and vote for one of those two shits because “MOAST IMPORTINT ELEKSHUN EVAR!!!1!!!1!!!” That was when I decided maybe neither TEAM was for me.

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  10. Well, that’s a little disappointing. I enjoyed imagining that there was some artist that I like out there with politics that are coherent and don’t piss me off.

  11. RE: ‘Bitch, I Voted for Gary Johnson’: Revisit This 2012 Endorsement From Rapper Big Boi
    Will the hip-hop artist throw his love behind Libertarian Gary Johnson again in 2016?

    What is wrong with this man?
    Doesn’t he know he is going against the grain of the entertainment industry by not voting for either Laurel or Hardy?
    The music industry wasn’t founded on free thought. It was founded upon conformity, compliance and obedience.
    How else do you think these people think up their lyrics and music?

  12. A four year old endorsement from a loud guy wearing sun glasses and a gold chain means the Libertarian Moment glimmers on the horizon, moving ever nearer.

  13. “Will the hip-hop artist throw his love behind Libertarian Gary Johnson again in 2016?”
    And does anyone really give a rat’s ass?! When will Reason.com give up on idolizing thugs like this?
    C’mon Elizabeth, you can do better than this!

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