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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:53 AM

 

Lupe Fiasco, Rapper, Thrown Off Stage at Inaugural Concert

Lupe Fiasco reportedly created a bit of a row on Sunday by insulting President Obama during an inaugural event.

Although Fiasco was booked as the headliner for the StartUp RockOn concert in celebration of Obama's reelection, the 30-year-old Chicago rapper apparently had no plans to cheer the current administration. Instead, after taking the stage at The Hamilton in Washington, he reportedly announced that he didn't vote for the president in the 2012 election and spent more than 30 minutes performing an anti-war song.

Josh Rogin, staff writer for The Cable, described the encounter:

So Lupe played one anti-war song for 30 min and said he didn't vote for Obama and eventually was told to move on to the next song. Lupe refused to move to the next song so a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/21/lupe-fiasco-inauguration-concern_n_2518319.html

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Reply Lupe Fiasco, Rapper, Thrown Off Stage at Inaugural Concert (Original post)
HiPointDem Jan 2013 OP
HappyMe Jan 2013 #1
Bonobo Jan 2013 #2
leftyohiolib Jan 2013 #3
krhines Jan 2013 #15
cali Jan 2013 #7
frylock Jan 2013 #17
Guy Whitey Corngood Jan 2013 #4
SidDithers Jan 2013 #5
MNBrewer Jan 2013 #6
cali Jan 2013 #8
Bonobo Jan 2013 #13
cali Jan 2013 #16
Bonobo Jan 2013 #18
HappyMe Jan 2013 #9
Robb Jan 2013 #10
sad-cafe Jan 2013 #20
Robb Jan 2013 #21
JaneyVee Jan 2013 #11
NCTraveler Jan 2013 #12
ProSense Jan 2013 #14
nobodyspecial Jan 2013 #19

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:03 AM

1. His name isn't 'fiasco' for nothing.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:37 AM

2. He would have been applauded for his protest if Bush was president.

I applaud him for standing up for what his conscience told him was right.

DU'ers cheering for the security guards kicking him off stage for protesting war truly makes me want to puke.

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:52 AM

3. me too- remember the dixie chix and when they protested, the reaction to them from the right and

the left - this is a little shoe-on-the-other-foot

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:43 AM

15. exactly!!!

If this was against a "republican" everyone would be cheering and talking about how great this guy is, but since its Obama how dare he.... The fact that he is 100% right doesn't seem to matter. Its a Democrat sooooooo were not supposed to say anything.

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:28 AM

7. oh for pity's sake. He was allowed to go on and on and when asked to move

it along, he wouldn't. bad fuckin' form.

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:47 PM

17. word

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:54 AM

4. Whoever booked him must not have been familiar with his music. nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:07 AM

5. Good...nt

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:25 AM

6. What... war is good? ? ?

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Response to MNBrewer (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:29 AM

8. Look he went on and on and on and fucking on

it's not like he was shut up upon initially criticizing Obama.

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Response to cali (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:04 AM

13. Yes, clearly those thugs were discerning music critics...

merely concerned about putting on a quality show for the crowd.

It is well known that private security thugs are in a better position than a professional entertainer to judge the mood of the audience and give them what they want --not the person who was contracted to put on the show.

It had NOTHING to do with the criticism of the president. My. ass.

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:15 PM

16. you do realize his audience wanted him to move on, right?

and if they were so opposed to his criticism do tell why they let him go on with it for such a long period. Grandstanding little moron, but whatever sweetums.

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Response to cali (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:53 PM

18. Yes, I get it. And the thugs were just doing it for the fans!

Like security guards everywhere, they were deeply committed to doing the will of the crowd. Right.

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Response to MNBrewer (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:37 AM

9. I think he should have left out the

part about not voting for Obama. Do the war protest song a couple of songs in, and shortened up the protest song it would have been fine.
I don't think anybody is saying war is good.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:43 AM

10. Longer than "Alice's Restaurant" or "In a gadda da vida" by 10 minutes.

I'd have pulled him offstage with a long candy-striped hook if he'd been rapping about Single Payer.

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Response to Robb (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:44 PM

20. exactly

 

but I am biased. I hate rap

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Response to sad-cafe (Reply #20)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:39 PM

21. Frankly I've never heard him. But I read a bit of his stuff.

Going from the lyrics on a few of his songs, he seems quite talented.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:47 AM

11. Who did he vote for, Romney & endless war?

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:54 AM

12. Invite a guy who calls himself fiasco and this is what you will get.



After reading a little bit about him he sounds like an interesting character.

"Fiasco developed an interest in hip hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity and misogyny."

"In sixth grade, he went to live with his father full-time in Harvey, Illinois. His father lived next door to a crack house and taught Fiasco to use guns to defend himself from drug dealers. Despite his unstable upbringing, Fiasco states that he was well-educated as a child, asserting that his parents exposed him to a diverse array of subjects and that reading was highly encouraged in his household. As a teenager, Fiasco participated in Academic Decathlon competitions. His mother described him by saying, "He was a great spirited child. Smart, a bit complex; he kind of was a loner; he didn't hang with a lot of people...He always had the glasses. Always had a book bag over his shoulder and some type of a writing tablet." Fiasco initially disliked hip hop music for its use of vulgarity, and preferred to listen to jazz; he idolized clarinet player Benny Goodman. His struggle to learn to play an instrument led him to create poetry instead, which led to his interest in the lyrical aspects of music."

"Fiasco attributes his interest in social issues to his highly cultured upbringing, as he describes his mother as "very intellectual" and his father as a "Renaissance man". He rejects the misogyny common in hip hop, which he discusses in the song "Hurt Me Soul". Despite this, Fiasco is strongly opposed to censorship in music: "If we're going to that are offensive, then we are going to have to blind and deafen everyone. Come on, man. Let's focus on education and literacy and poverty.""

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupe_Fiasco

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:09 AM

14. Who gives a shit? It wasn't an official event.

"insulting President Obama during an inaugural event"

...and this asshole can say whatever he wants to. The reports are trying to hype a private party that had nothing to do with official events as connected to the Presidential Inauguration so the haters can get their giddy on.



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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:06 PM

19. Yes, I love it when I invite people to a party at my house

and they hijack the moment to denounce me ad nauseum. How long am I required to let them go on?

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