Big Boi is an “outcast” among his music-industry peers because he has revealed that he voted Libertarian rather than for Barack Obama in the November presidential election.
Big Boi (real name Antwan Patton) said he “cast” his ballot for Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the former GOP governor of New Mexico. Big Boi previously suggested that he was for the American people and not pro government or on Team Obama.
In an interview wit Huff Post Live, Big Boi described an encounter he had on the day after the election with someone who assumed he voted for Obama:
” ‘Well, I was, you know, leaving to go out of town, and it was a lady — a Caucasian lady — and she was like, ‘Oh yeah, congratulations on y’all win last night,’ you know, with like an attitude.’ And, you know, just to let her know I was on my P’s and Q’s, I was like, ‘I don’t know what you talkin’ bout, I voted for Gary Johnson.’ And she looked shocked to even know that I knew there were other candidates on the ballot, you know what I’m saying? So, you can’t judge a book by its cover.”
The rapper added that he voted for Gary Johnson because he believes in the Libertarian philosophy and not because he has anything personal against the president:
“I’m a Libertarian. I’m liberty, justice for all, liberty for all. I’m really pro-people, pro-freedom, and, you know, this is all about positivity. Like, you know, I have nothing against the president at all, you know, he’s a nice guy, but, it’s just, you know, the things that they’re standing on right now just didn’t agree with me. Anything that benefits the public and not just big banking, that’s what I’m with.”
Libertarians and libertarian-leaning Republicans in general believe in maximum individual freedom and minimal government interference in the personal or professional space. Although members of the entertainment community consider themselves edgy and rebellious, when it comes to politics, many artists automatically go with the Democrats, at least publicly. Do you see any contradiction there?