On August 23, 2008, Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour commenced in Cardiff, Wales. The tour featured a video segment entitled “Get Stupid,” in which Madonna condemned the role hyper-consumerism played in fueling the climate crisis, and the scourge of right-wing political extremism as represented by such figures as Mike Huckabee and John McCain.

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D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.