President Obama is "a fan" of Cee Lo Green, the musical artist performing at one of his fundraisers today, but the association might not be one he wants to promote too heavily. Green, whose latest hit single is titled "F--- You," has been accused of homophobia.
"I know he's a fan," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said of Obama's regard for Cee Lo Green, according to the pool report, and indicated that the president has some of Green's music on his iPad. The pooler noted that Carney "deflected" a question about "F--- You."
Green has a rocky history with gay activists, who are currently fighting with President Obama over getting same-sex marriage into the Democratic platform. Green called a critic "gay" on Twitter after one of his performances received a negative review. "As a former fan of Green’s, I can say I am very disappointed at his irresponsible statement which only spreads further intolerance and ignorance," wrote Jamie McGonnigal of LGBTQ Nation in a post about Green's "homophobic comments" last year.
Green brushed off the charge. "I assumed whoever it was would assume it was all in good fun," he told Us Weekly. "I most certainly am not harboring any sort of negative feeling toward the gay community."
Obama is resisting efforts to put gay marriage into the Democratic Party platform at the convention this year, due to fear that the issue could alienate moderate voters. The Huffington Post reports:
"While many high-profile figures have publicly advocated for including strong language in the platform, the Obama campaign and the allied Democratic National Committee are searching for ways to split the difference: showing support for equality but stopping short of a full-fledged endorsement."