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Lupe Fiasco Removed From Stage at Inaugural Party During Performance of Anti-Obama Song: Fair or Foul?

Fergie 2013/01/21 19:19:16
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Lupe Fiasco has a history of expressing anti-Obama sentiments, so it's somewhat surprising that the rapper would be booked at any of the inaugural parties this week, but he was... and he didn't shy away from telling us what he really thinks.

Granted a 30-minute set at an inauguration party in Washington D.C. Sunday night, Lupe repeatedly performed his song "Words I Never Said" the entire time (the album version is only about four and a half minutes long.)

For those of you who aren't familiar with the track, the song is a protest against the war on terror and political violence, and it includes the lyrics "Limbaugh is a racist, Glen Beck is a racist/ Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say s***/ That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either."

At some point near the end of his set, Lupe was escorted off the stage by security after refusing to move on to a new song. Promoters claim the decision was based on the crowd's dissatisfaction with the repetition, while others suspect it was really due to the controversial lyrics. What do you think? Was Lupe Fiasco's treatment fair or foul?

ROLLINGSTONE.COM reports:
Lupe Fiasco was booted off an inaugural party stage last night in Washington after dedicating his 30-minute set to the song Words I Never Said
fiasco booted inaugural party stage washington dedicating 30-minute song politi

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  • Fef 2013/01/21 20:21:14
    Fair
    Fef
    +12
    haahhaahhaha? What idiot planned to have Lupe Fiasco and didn't expect a fiasco? Probably the same ones in control of government spending.

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  • Misty 2013/02/27 20:36:50
    Foul
    Misty
    What about Free Speech? This is the United States, supposed to be the "freest country in the world" and yet we can't be allowed to hear "controversial" lyrics. I mean, come on.
  • Howling Hank 2013/01/24 08:57:30
    Fair
    Howling Hank
    Fair or foul, who cares. It's funny that his butt was booked and unbooked so quickly onstage!
  • Hannie 2013/01/24 03:39:12
    Fair
    Hannie
    It is what it is.
  • elijahin24 2013/01/23 21:58:09
    Fair
    elijahin24
    I like Lupe Fiasco, and I DO like that song, although I am an Obama Supporter. That said, I would have been pissed if he played that song over and over again, and NOTHING else. C'mon Lupe. You're a talented artist. Don't marginalize yourself as a zealot.
  • holly go lightly 2013/01/23 18:19:50
    Fair
    holly go lightly
    What did he expect ,why was an invitation extended to him to perform?
  • teigan 2013/01/22 23:12:10
    Foul
    teigan
    LOL, I guess he's another black that left the plantation and pissed them off. Dumb asses hired him and thought he would sing praises to the "ONE".
  • DizziNY 2013/01/22 22:24:14
    Foul
    DizziNY
    Freedom of Speech!
  • Brave & Crazy 2013/01/22 22:22:55 (edited)
    Foul
    Brave & Crazy
    First of all...whooo? Never heard of him and 2nd of all - Freedom of speech ya'll! On the other hand, the same song for 30 minutes straight? WTF! If I was in the audience I would be ready for the next act as well.
  • bags the Indigenous Guru 2013/01/22 22:21:00
    Fair
    bags the Indigenous Guru
    Anytime someone repeats a 4 minute rap song over and over, and plans to do it for a half hour, it's foul. Seriously. Say your thing, move on. It's not the only thing you've ever recorded, is it?
  • ~*~Denai ~*~ 2013/01/22 21:41:22
    Fair
    ~*~Denai ~*~
    Lupe had 30 minutes to tell everyone how he felt about Obama. It was time for him to allow the others to have the stage and perform.
  • AlexW 2013/01/22 21:08:50
    Foul
    AlexW
    You can't handle the truth
  • S123 2013/01/22 21:08:36
    Fair
    S123
    I think it's fair for them to stop him from criticizing the president at the inauguration. He shouldn't have been booked in the first place!
  • joe dirt 2013/01/22 20:38:41
    Fair
    joe dirt
    +1
    A rapper at an inauguration is inappropiate anyway. They need to keep rap music on the street corner next to the crack dealers where it belongs.
  • Guru_T_Firefly 2013/01/22 20:13:01
    Fair
    Guru_T_Firefly
    If he knew beforehand that he couldn't act like a consummate professional, he shouldn't have accepted the invitation. They had every right to remove him. No rights or freedoms were denied.
  • S123 Guru_T_... 2013/01/22 21:10:11
    S123
    I think it was stupid for them to invite him in the first place.
  • Guru_T_... S123 2013/01/22 21:33:05
    Guru_T_Firefly
    Think whatever you like. The rapper acted in a supremely unprofessional manner. It's as simple as that.
  • Todd Parsons 2013/01/22 20:03:22
    Foul
    Todd Parsons
    +2
    Where's the freedom at their? that's right BOY you got none under this man's administration! HOMIE!
  • jule-sy 2013/01/22 19:58:38
    Fair
    jule-sy
    +2
    His name says it all........................"f...

    I never heard of this guy until saw this morning's local paper.
  • I Love this country 2013/01/22 19:51:34
    Fair
    I Love this country
    +3
    He shouldn't repeat one song 5 times if he wants to stay and whine.
  • Mamaknows 2013/01/22 19:47:22
    Fair
    Mamaknows
    Huh...you'd think there were enough liberal singers to entertain.....but I guess not.
  • Rocko 2013/01/22 19:42:22
    Foul
    Rocko
    +2
    more bullcrap from the powers that be what the hell ever happened to free speech
  • RTHTGak... Rocko 2013/01/22 19:48:49
    RTHTGakaRoland
    +2
    "...what the hell ever happened to free speech"

    America made an electoral error in 2008 and 2012.

    The First Amendment has now been edited. Obama, conveniently, found his new text in a single quote:

    "It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion." - Joseph Paul Goebbels
  • Rocko RTHTGak... 2013/01/22 19:51:17
    Rocko
    +2
    sad times we live in
  • Guru_T_... RTHTGak... 2013/01/22 20:15:41
    Guru_T_Firefly
    +1
    America absolutely made the right choice in 2008 and 2012. America would be in a world of sh*t if McSenile/Caribou Barbie or that moron Willard had been elected.
  • joe mauro 2013/01/22 19:12:14
    Foul
    joe mauro
    +1
    what happend to mlks content of character statement lupe should be judged on WHO SHE IS AS A PERSON,still is fascist what a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • joe mauro joe mauro 2013/01/22 19:12:56
    joe mauro
    +1
    i mean he,whatever
  • JwonGalt 2013/01/22 19:01:19 (edited)
    Fair
    JwonGalt
    +3
    the planner was stupid because he should have known that lupe was anti establishment and against both parties. and Lupe was just un professional, so I have no qualms with them removing him, he.was wasting people's time and money. and eh least now ik what he sounds like live..horrid. and I liked that song smh.

    edit: everyone talking about they denying his free speech, do remember, he was singing the SAME song for 30 minutes, after being asked to move on to the next song. so even more I say fair.
  • Jaiheena Star 2013/01/22 18:28:58
  • joe mauro Jaiheen... 2013/01/22 19:12:39
  • David (oYo) 2013/01/22 18:06:53
  • gregory.brown.5030 2013/01/22 17:59:28
    Fair
    gregory.brown.5030
    +2
    They had to book him for the gig before they could know what was in his music. It's not like you can just read, I mean listen, to it before you book the act.
  • Jayla 2013/01/22 17:52:15
    Fair
    Jayla
    +1
    Its at his inaugural party, of course its fair !!! why was he booked if he's so anti-obama , that's stupid
  • Todd Pa... Jayla 2013/01/22 20:04:53
    Todd Parsons
    +2
    That entire administration is stupid....of couse
  • Dave0626 2013/01/22 17:16:45
    Foul
    Dave0626
    +3
    They 'booked' him to perform, solely for the reason to toss him off stage. It was was a planned 'eviction'. Anyone thinks otherwise, been drinkin way to much kool-aid!
  • kgiexec Dave0626 2013/01/22 17:40:32
    kgiexec
    +2
    I disagree with you comment that it was planned. There is nothing for Obama to gain from more negative publicity. I think it was more stupity on the person who scheduled him.
  • Dave0626 kgiexec 2013/01/22 18:23:10
    Dave0626
    +2
    Nope...it was their little way of saying: "Talk bad about Obama...we'll kick yer Freedom of Speech azz!"....That's the 'tongue in cheek' ...message.
  • Dave0626 kgiexec 2013/01/22 18:25:17
    Dave0626
    +3
    Oh, and as to his ...negative publicity...He could care less. He knows he's hated by most of the country!...So any more negative publicity really won't matter.
  • bags th... Dave0626 2013/01/22 22:25:17
    bags the Indigenous Guru
    +1
    Most of the country voted for him. *smh*
  • Dave0626 bags th... 2013/01/22 23:17:48
    Dave0626
    ...and a lot of 'buyers remorse' , lol!
  • ..::localeye::.. 2013/01/22 17:12:12
    Foul
    ..::localeye::..
    +3
    More about poor planning on the organizer...I mean those are the lyrics in his song that was out long before the inauguration.

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