Lupe Fiasco at the Hollywood Palladium on October 17, 2012. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Quite the fiasco indeed.
The only thing missing was a giant vaudeville hook to collect rapper Lupe Fiasco after he was asked to leave and then forcefully removed by security from a stage in Washington during an Obama inaugural celebration event on Jan. 20.
According to CBS News, the 30-year-old artist was performing his song “Words I Never Said" at The Hamilton and rapped during the track, “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist/ Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say sh-t. That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either."
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Foreign Policy staff writer Josh Rogin tweeted his account of the event, writing, “Lupe Fiasco just got thrown off stage here at the Hamilton Live after he went on an anti-Obama diatribe mid set.”
He also tweeted, “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.”
However, the event’s organizers, StartUp RockOn, which was founded by startups HyperVocal, EventFarm and Fighter Interactive, have released an official statement that says it wasn't the content of Fiasco's performance that got him kicked off stage.
“Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned,” they wrote. “But Lupe Fiasco was not ‘kicked off stage’ for an ‘anti-Obama rant.’ We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. This was not about his opinions. Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act.”
It’s not shocking that the rapper would take a shot at President Obama as he previously referred to him as a “terrorist” during an interview in 2011 in addition to admitting that he “doesn't vote or get involved in politics.”
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"My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America,” he said. “I'm trying to fight the terrorism that's actually causing the other forms of terrorism. You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists."
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