Lessons from the campaign trail on film
By Emily Christianson, Noelene Clark, Patrick Kevin Day, Lily Mihalik, Nate Jackson, Jevon Phillips and Nardine Saad
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1998 | 'Bulworth'( Sidney Baldwin / 20th Century Fox )
Nobody knows how to craft comically controversial sound bites better than a political candidate with nothing to lose. Warren Beatty proves that every time he opens his mouth to spit a rhyme in his 1998 comedy, "Bulworth." Beatty, who directed, co-wrote and co-produced the film, stars as suicidally disillusioned California Sen. Jay Bulworth, who throws a monkey wrench in his reelection campaign by becoming bluntly honest with his voters. Using hip-hop lyricism as his ultimate weapon of truth, he gleefully exposes the underbelly of politics and issues facing the inner city.
Campaign lesson learned: Anything a politician says automatically sounds less offensive in the form of a hip-hop verse.