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Lupe Fiasco kicked off inaugural event stage after anti-Obama lyrics



On the opposite end of Beyonce's stirring National Anthem on Monday was Lupe Fiasco's, well, fiasco at an Inauguration party on Sunday night. Seems rapping about how much you hate the president isn't the best thing to do when performing at a party before the president's inauguration, because he was booted off the stage.

In a video posted on Now This News (watch it above), Lupe was rapping Words I Never Said at the StartUp RockOn Inauguration Celebration at the Hamilton Live, saying, "(Rush) Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn 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."

Politico points out that Foreign Policy reporter Josh Rogin tweeted that security gave him a pink slip for that turn of phrase. And you thought the economy was getting better.

"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," Rogin tweeted. "Lupe refused to move to the next song so a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go," he added.

One of the event's organizers, media company HyperVocal, issued a statement Monday saying the anti-Obama words weren't to blame. It was just that Lupe was no good.

Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned. But Lupe Fiasco was not 'kicked off stage' for an 'anti-Obama rant.' We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech," the company said. "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. Lupe Fiasco repeated the one song for more than 40 minutes."

Well fine, he just plain stunk. They needed to wait 40 minutes to learn that?


[Last modified: Monday, January 21, 2013 4:28pm]


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