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Lupe Fiasco booted off stage at inauguration gig


Rapper Lupe Fiasco was escorted off the stage at a gig held in honor of Barack Obama's inauguration on Sunday after launching into an angry rant about the president.

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The hip-hop star was booked to headline the Start Up Rock On concert in Washington, D.C., to mark Obama's re-election, but he used his set to voice his frustration with the current administration.

Fans at The Hamilton venue were stunned as Fiasco performed an anti-Obama song for 30 minutes, and reportedly refused to move on to another track. Josh Rogin, a reporter for news website The Cable, took to Twitter to describe the incident, writing, "Lupe Fiasco just got thrown off stage here at the Hamilton Live after he went on an anti-Obama diatribe mid set."

Rogin added, "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."

Matt Dornic, senior director of public relations for CNN, also tweeted, "Things going terribly wrong at Lupe Fiasco performance during SURO. Kicked off stage, bashing Obama."

It's not the first time Fiasco has openly criticized the president: He made headlines in 2011 after taking aim at Obama's foreign policy stance and branded him a terrorist.

Jan 23, 2013 7:20PM
I'm just surprised he was invited in the first place. He hasn't hidden his feelings about Obama in the past. In "Words I Never Said" he said, "Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say s**t.
That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either." Maybe someone should listen to the artists they invite ahead of time so they aren't surprised when they kick in with their previously stated viewpoints.
Jan 23, 2013 5:38PM
I don't like Obama either but I would not go to his inaguration and try to mess it up.  I guess if you realllly wanted to make a point of some kind you would but I think there are better times and places for these things.
Jan 23, 2013 4:11AM
The article is totally misleading, it wasn't just Lupe Fiasco performing a song only discrediting Obama, but about the whole global and political agenda within the government, and Obama signing and okaying the NDAA bill he passed last year. Which allows the government to push an act that's basically martial law, which constitutes anyone's freedom that can be taken away, and anyone considered a suspect that goes against that law, would simply be a suspect of terrorism of this country. There's more to that, but I was just summarizing the main highlights. 

You also have to think about the Civil Rights Leaders we once had, like Martin Luther King Jr., and if he were alive today would he agree with Obama's political views? I have no idea, but most likely it would be no. Why? Everything that King stood against, is basically being contradicted in our very eyes. King was watched by the F.B.I, from the time of his movement, until the day he died. Civil Rights Leaders today, like Cornel West (Not Rev. Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson) can elaborate that himself. We shouldn't have to be oppressed by our own government.

So there's a lot more to it, than Lupe Fiasco reciting his  lyrics saying "And that's why I didn't vote for Obama". This article just makes him seem like an ****, rather than someone just telling the truth, than a white lie. However honestly I have mad respect for him, and he's now my #1 hip-hop artist, because of what he did, sets a true example of having balls.

Jan 22, 2013 6:12PM
No one denied Lupe of his freedom of speech, there is a time and a place, and that was neither the time or the place.  Think of if this way,(those of you crying freedom of speech) if you were having a party and PAID for entertainment wouldn't you kick the person out of your party who decided he was going to talk about how much he didn't like you and you were a terrible person, etc., etc in front of your guest????  You would be telling him to leave too....
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