Some People In Rhode Island Really Wanted Wu-Tang Clan Elected To Congress

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Some People In Rhode Island Really Wanted Wu-Tang Clan Elected To Congress
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I’m going to assume these Rhode Island voters also had “Presidents are Temporary, Wu-Tang is Forever” signs on their front lawn.

A small but notable group of people in Rhode Island really wanted the Wu-Tang Clan to represent their state in Congress.

In a report from The Boston Globe, the Staten Island hip-hop collective received several write-in votes alongside Fyodor Dostoevsky, Patrice Bergeron, and Jared Kushner. Even Geddy Lee, the lead singer and bassist for rock band Rush, received some write-in votes, too.

As for strange write-in votes for president, Kanye West reportedly received at least eight write-in votes in Pawtucket, while someone voted for Athenian philosopher Plato.

John M. Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, spoke on the bizarre write-in votes thsat came in this year, saying that although the votes represent a small fraction of the votes cast, “It’s remarkable how willing people are to throw away their votes.”

A few months back, it was announced that a film centered around Wu-Tang’s one-of-a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is in the works. The movie will be directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo and produced by RZA and Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B. The script is being written Ian Edelman.

The album gained controversy when it was purchased by Martin Shkreli in 2015 for $2 million. Two years later, Shkreli ended up selling the album. The former pharmaceutical executive is currently serving a seven year sentence in prison for fraud. As part of his sentence, Shkreli was forced to forfeit the one-of-one Wu-Tang Clan album. He appealed for an early release due to coronavirus concerns, but was denied.

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