Rapper who criticizes Obama's wars, drone killing thrown off stage at DC inaugural event
- A rap artist was forced off
the stage at an inaugural event in Washington, D.C. Sunday night after
he performed an anti-Obama diatribe.
The scene unfolded at The Hamilton one block from the White House as
Lupe Fiasco, a Grammy-nominated rapper from Chicago, began performing
‘Words I Never Said,’ a single he recorded in February of 2011.
‘I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bull***t, just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets,’ he rapped. ‘… Rush Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza Strip was getting bombed,
Obama didn’t say s**t. That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either, I’m a part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful and I believe in
Fiasco’s microphone was cut and a handful of security personnel
surrounded him on stage. He was reportedly asked to move on to the next
song and refused, so he was asked to leave.
As he moved off the stage, Fiasco turned to the audience and waved his hand, then took a bow. The crowd was shouting his name.
The statement continued: ‘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.’
Fiasco, 30, was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco in Chicago and his father
was a prominent member of the Black Panther Party, an African-American
revolutionary socialist organization active in the United States from
1966 until 1982.
His music tends to include political messages and he has criticized Obama in the past.
Most recently, he targeted Obama’s use of drones and accused him of killing children.
‘You have someone who is a great speaker, but kills little children - our President,’ he said during an interview with Philadelphia radio
station Power 99FM. ‘I’m talking about ordering a drone attack. Ordering drone attacks that go and kill mothers, innocent bystanders, children.
Militants too, but the collateral damage. You’re responsible for that,
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