October 30, 2020 – 9:58 p.m.
Lil Wayne, Roddy Ricch, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert were on the “PSA Celebrity Tracker” list.
The Trump administration has put together a $ 265 million effort to bring together the biggest rappers, singers and actors in the entertainment industry to appear in a failed ad campaign on Covid-19. Lil Wayne, Roddy Ricch, Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert, Ludacris, Ice-T and Nicki Minaj were among at least 247 celebrities examined by the administration, according to documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee and released by Politico on Thursday (Oct. . 29).
The Department of Health and Human Services paid a contractor $ 256 million to complete the taxpayer-funded public service campaign before polling day. The administration “has screened spokespersons based on their political positions and their support for President Trump,” House Democrats argued.
Fors Marsh, a strategic communications firm, won a $ 250 million contract with HHS a week before, Atlas Research was awarded a $ 15 million contract. The campaign was brainpowered by Michael R. Caputo, deputy secretary of the public affairs department.
The 34-page spreadsheet titled “PSA Celebrity Tracker” includes notes on each celebrity’s political affiliation, possible comments about Trump and the coronavirus, criminal history (if applicable), demographics and whether or not they have expressed interest in appearing in the PSA. . The entry listed Wayne as a “maybe; follow-up, ”which previously supported President Barack Obama,“ dislikes Republicans ”and is popular among“ black Americans ”,“ super spreaders ”and the“ general population ”. It is not known what happened between Wayne and the Trump administration with regard to the PSA. He of course met Trump this week and endorsed his re-election campaign.
Jay-Z was listed under “maybe; follow-up ”also. The notes indicate that Hov has spoken with his manager and may, “Reconsider based on who is signing.” The entry lists Jay’s criminal history and support for President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Eminem, Lil Baby, Beyonce, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Kerry Washington, Issa Rae, Donald Glover, Chance the Rapper and John Legend were also on the list.
Luda, Viola Davis, Dwayne Johnson, George Lopez, Zoe Saldana, Trevor Noah, Betty White, and Britney Spears were among the celebrities who turned down the offer, and it looks like most of the people on the list simply didn’t. not answered.
Singer Marc Anthony agreed but didn’t want his coronavirus quotes used for Trump’s election campaign, CNBC reports. Gospel legend CeCe Winans recorded a PSA but withdrew after receiving backlash after the clip hit the internet last month.