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Faith Hill . "I think the song is about life; it's not about abortion. It tells the
story about two lives, three lives."
Pepsi dropped rap artist Ludacris as a spokesperson in September of 2002,
just one day after Fox News host Bill O'Reilly called him a "thug rapper"
who "espouses violence, intoxication, and degrading conduct towards
O'Reilly condemned Pepsi for hiring Ludacris, saying, "Americans
should let the merchants of bad taste know that hiring corrupters and
incompetents is not acceptable." Pepsi said that it apologized to anyone
who was offended by Ludacris. In response, Ludacris said, "My message
represents an ideology and a way of life that is true to me and the new gen-
eration to an extent and a way of life that corporate and political forces can't
touch." Pepsi decided to retain other spokespeople, such as the rock group
Papa Roach (despite the band appearing in an adult film and publicly uri-
nating in Gatorade bottles manufactured by Pepsi).
Shortly after the September 11
attacks, hip-hop artist Michael Franti and
his band Spearhead perform "Bomb Da' World " at a taping of the Late Late
Show with Craig Kilborne . The song is edited from the show before broad-
cast. Franti later claims that the FBI is monitoring his band's activities.