Hip Hop meets Climatology in this bizarre ‘art mirrors life’ twist. A rap classic becomes the anthem in science’s great courtroom battle.
‘It’s All About the Benjamins,’ a rap song by famous American rapper, Puff Daddy, depicting sleaze and immorality has become an anthem among global warming skeptics as one of their leading climate scientists faces a critical legal battle defending himself in a costly high profile libel suit.
Dr. Tim Ball, a 72-year-old retired scientist, who only learned about the skit earlier today, could not have imagined that his grassroots supporters would lend this case such irreverent incongruity. But with all the twists and turns in the ongoing climate wars anything is plausible and the words of an urbane and avuncular septuagenarian are now freakishly juxtaposed with misogynist rap lyrics.
Where Penn State University meets State Penitentiary
Skeptic music lovers found their muse in Verse Five, Line 6 of the song where Diddy proclaims, “F**k the state pen, f**k hoes at Penn State (c'mon).”
The missive closely mirrors a comment made by Dr. Tim Ball about fellow climatologist, Dr. Michael Mann in a controversial article by Ball published on February 9, 2011. According to the court summons Ball defamed Penn State University professor, Michael Mann with the statement:
"Michael Mann should be in the State Pen not Penn. State.”
The rap song continues, “It's all about the Benjamins baby, Brawlers -- who be dippin in the Benz wit the spoilers, It's all about the Benjamins baby.”
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