In a sharp departure from his 2004 “Vote or Die” position, rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs has declared that voting is a “scam,” the Grio reported Friday. In a recent interview at Revolt’s music conference in Miami, Diddy revealed his thoughts about the electoral process.
“See the things that’s tricky about politics is there’s so much b------- with it. We started Vote or Die and ... and from the community we’re in, we’re not with hearing too much of the b-------," Diddy responded when asked how young people could make themselves heard in the 2016 election, the Grio reported. “So that’s why we get disenfranchised, [we’re] disconnected because nothing that they’re saying actually relates to us ... So Vote or Die, and getting out the vote, those things [were] laid out there so people could understand about the process. We started Vote or Die, and the whole process was all full of s---. The whole s--- is a scam.”
Diddy acknowledged that people could still vote if they wanted too, but reiterated his warning.
“At the end of the day, I’m not telling you not to vote. But I’m saying be a realist and know that they’re mother------- kicking some bull---- up there,” Diddy said, the Grio reported.
Diddy’s new stance on voting is severely different from his position in 2004. That year, the music mogul was the mastermind behind the nonprofit, partisan organization Citizen Change, slapping the organization with the slogan “Vote or Die.” The purpose of Citizen Change was to register voters, and Diddy even went on a three-day tour to inform young people and minorities that voting is important and “sexy,” the Associated Press reported in 2004.
"From here on, I'm asking questions and I want answers. As Citizen Combs, I've got one vote and I need to know which candidate represents me and my concerns. Part of the responsibility I'm taking on is to write up a job description for the candidates and make sure they do their job," Diddy said in 2004, People reported.