6 Musicians With Surprising Political Affiliations

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​Music is one of those creative things that only hippies do, or at least that's the stereotype. But seriously, what kind of self-respecting conservative would devote themselves to being a (guf-ah!) professional musician

And what already-famous musicians would commit the career suicide of admitting their Republican affiliation? Sometimes the answers might surprise you more than you think. In celebration of the current state of WTF that dominates the 2012 election, we've decided to dedicate some space to some musicians whose political affiliation is cause to consider exactly how big some tents are.

50 Cent 

The child of a cocaine dealer from Queens, 50 Cent grew up to be a successful rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and (in some respects,) actor. His life took a huge swing and mountain of money came his way. In 2006, he announced his affection for George W. Bush:

"I actually like Bush. In some ways, I'm the George W. Bush of hip hop, nobody likes me, but I'm still gonna run it for the next four years," the rapper said. 

Except for the fact that he's sold millions of records and he's actually revered by the rap community, yeah, he's totally like GW. 

Tim McGraw  
Pretty much the only shocking Democrats on this list come from the world of country music because, really, who's going to be shocked that Bruce Springsteen is a Democrat? 

It's a bit of a shock that one of country music's biggest names is actually a 'Dem. An excerpt from a 2006 interview McGraw did with Time:

"It's innate in me to be a Democrat -- a true Southern populist kind of Democrat. There's not a lot of those anymore. I'm not saying I'm right or wrong. That's just the way I feel. The issues that matter to me are the social safety nets for people, health care, middle-class concerns. We need to take care of the middle class and the poor in our country. The chasm is getting larger between haves and have-nots, and that's something we need to close down a little bit."

Johnny Ramone 

One of punk rock's most celebrated badasses was actually a republican. During his 2002 inauguration to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Ramones guitarist said "God bless President Bush and God bless America." He later went on to say that Ronald Reagan was the greatest president in his lifetime, which ended in 2004. (Check out The Ramones' "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg" for a taste of Ramones political commentary that did not sit well with Johnny.)

Garth Brooks 
He's still technically retired, but Brooks took some time off from... whatever Garth Brooks does when he's not making music, to play Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration

Alice Cooper 


You can hardly call Alice Cooper a shock rocker these days. Sure, he has a history of conjuring up controversy, but now he mostly lives in the Valley, plays golf, makes a hobby of making pudding, and pretty much keeps to himself. It seems living in Arizona really got to him. In 2008, Cooper said "Sarah Palin is totally a breath of fresh air." 

Toby Keith 

Well, you could call him a flip flopper. Keith is, in fact, a registered Democrat, but just last week, he donated the maximum contribution to Rick Perry's campaign. I just can't beg this guy down. 

The "boot in your ass" country music star praised Barack Obama in 2008, calling him the best democratic candidate since Clinton, and puts little nuggets of curiosity out in the press like this quote in 2004:

"People don't realize that I'm a registered Democrat," Keith told the Boston Globe. "They automatically assume that I'm a chest-banging, war-drum-pounding Republican with my military stance."

So really, he's more like a Republicrat.

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