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I'm Throwing All My Support Behind This Porn Star/Coolio Presidential Bid

Another Test of What We're Cool With In a Public Servant

By Kady Ruth Ashcraft ·
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Courtesy of Cherie DeVille

The political arena isn’t where you would usually think to see a porn star and a famous rapper finding common ground. But not long ago the Oval Office wasn’t where you’d expect to see the host of a reality show about firing people. And since that is the upside down reality we are currently suffering in, sure, let’s usher in the new age of increasingly-ludicrous-but-who-the-hell-knows-now people running for president.

Porn star Cherie DeVille, known for the adult films, Ass Planet and Hot Tub Hottie, has has filed with the FEC her bid for the 2020 presidential nomination on the Democratic ticket, and has chosen rapper Coolio, known for his songs Gangsta’s Paradise and Ugly Bitches (and Pornhub collab), to be her running mate. And you know what? I wish them the best of luck. I really do.

In DeVille's tweeted words, the “criteria now for becoming a political official is minor celebrity” and her 190,000 followers appears to meet that benchmark. However, four of her six most recent photos, of the 2,567 she's posted, are of her engaging in explicit sexual acts. As I scrolled down her feed, the posts alternated between links to her presidential bid announcement and links I could not, if I hoped to maintain my employment status, click on at work. Should this disqualify her? Is anyone disqualified from anything now?

Minor celebrities running for political office is nothing new. Just this year, we’ve been teased with a Kid Rock Senate run. Howard Stern once ran as a libertarian for the Mayor of NYC, on the promise of reinstating the death penalty. American Idol runner up Clay Aiken continued his losing streak by not becoming the state congressman for North Carolina’s 2nd district. (Sorry, Clay.) Now that a minor celebrity is the leader of the free world, though, it might be worth paying attention to the rappers and porn stars throwing their hats in the political ring.

DeVille and Coolio, who are using the slogan  “Make America Fucking Awesome Again,” have yet to fill out any official paperwork. But most candidates have yet to at this point, so that means nothing. DeVille has admitted she hopes this run challenges stereotypes people have against sex workers, which would make for an interesting addendum to the party platform. Should her candidacy lead her to the presidency, which I’m hesitant to say can’t happen, maybe our country’s opinions on sex workers will change. And should that happen, maybe I’ll be able to watch some of these videos on her Twitter timeline openly at work, just like the framers envisioned.

...and all that's without even addressing the Coolio of it all. 

Kady Ruth Ashcraft is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, and Amtrak Princess. Follow her on twitter @kadyrabbit and tweet her pictures of your pets.

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