Sean “Diddy” Combs led the way for the BET Awards to become a Barack Obama rally by reprising and amending his 2004 motto. Instead of “Vote or Die”, Combs chanted “Obama or Die”, as other entertainers also took turns issuing endorsements for Obama in the upcoming presidential race — albeit in slightly less existential terms (via Jim Geraghty):
“If we all register and vote, we will have the first black president in the history of America,” Sean “Diddy” Combs told the crowd Tuesday at the Shrine Auditorium before chanting “Obama or Die” – a declarative remix of his neutral “Vote or Die” motto from the 2004 presidential election, when he attempted to boost the youth vote.
Uh, excuse me? “Obama or Die”? That can be taken in two different ways. The first is that “Diddy” thinks that a loss by Obama would mean the death of African-Americans in the US, or alternately, that Diddy plans on killing people if Obama doesn’t win. Either way, it’s more than a little extreme, and a great example of how the Messiah complex has really taken root among Obama’s base.
As always, the fine folks at South Park anticipated this all the way back to the 2004 cycle. This is definitely not safe for work, but it’s hilarious. And for those who feel less than thrilled about the choices they have in November, the intro is not to be missed: