Fo’real Lupe? Rapper Thrown Off Stage After Insulting Obama During Inauguration Event

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January 21, 2013 ‐ By
Source: WENN

Source: WENN

I’m wondering who didn’t get the memo on Lupe Fiasco’s opinion of Barack Obama when they asked him to perform during inauguration events this weekend. It was literally only a little less than six months ago that he called President Obama a “baby killer” while speaking out against US drone attacks on Al Qaeda forces, which is why I don’t understand why he was invited to headline the StartUp RockOn concert in celebration of Obama’s reelection Sunday.

In true, Lupe fashion, the rapper accepted the invitation, but instead of using his platform to perform, he made some very strong political statements. According to the Huffington Post, when Lupe hit the stage at The Hamilton in Washington, he proudly announced that he didn’t even vote for the president in the 2012 election and then spent the next 30 minutes performing an anti-war song. Not exactly the type of performance one would expect at a celebration to commemorate four more years.

These antics quickly found Lupe a new soundstage outside of The Hamilton when, after he refused to move on to a new song, security took the stage and promptly escorted, i.e. kicked, him out of the place and moved on to the next one, meaning a new performer. A couple of media folks captured the odd scene and tweeted about the performance as it was happening, like Josh Rogin, staff writer for The Cable, who tweeted:

Josh

CNN’s senior director of public relations, Matt Dornic, had a similar account, saying:

matt dornic

I can respect Lupe exercising his right to speak out against social injustices, but he’s getting awfully close to that inappropriate Kanye West, I don’t know the time or the place for my rants line. He didn’t have to try to play the President like that during inaugural weekend. Next time he should probably just decline the invite, stay at home, and show his disapproval that way don’t you think?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

    Lupe, you’re an idiot!! Why would you accept the invitation when all you had in mind is mischief? You are no better than the people you call yourself bashing. Where were you when the war was actually started…by the previous administration of 2003? No balls to go against them right…..just one of your own. POS!!

  • realadulttalk

    I don’t understand why he was asked to attend–I thought he made his feelings about Obama very clear when he was first elected.

  • AJ389

    Who invited Lupe? Knowing how he feels about Obama, why did he accept? Why wasn’t the list of invitations preapproved before the function? We take one step ahead and too much salt in the game pulls us back 2 or 3. I can respect anybody’s opinion( even if I don’t agree with it) Lupe, pick your spots. I’m not at all saying hide your beliefs but there are times when silence can be more than golden. Again, pick your spots. Don’t give idiots like Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus and Bill O’riley the satisfaction. I’ll bet they’re somewhere loving this mess.

  • Wow

    Why was he invited? It’s not like his opinion of the POTUS was a secret?

  • SMHgurl24

    who would invite him when hes been outspoken about bama for years? Something aint right about this..

  • yolie

    I think this is really counterproductive of Lupe to do. I really love his music but this behavior is just plain rude and childish. It’s disrespectful. I gave Lupe alot of credit for being a free thinker but somehow that seems to stop when it comes to the president. For some reason he seems to believe that Obama makes decisions all by himself and unilaterally. That he makes wars happen all by himself. But I guess it’s normal to throw shoes at the guy at the top. But Lupe you are a black man, and so is Obama, at least have the self dignity to recognize that him being president is HISTORICAL and find some other outlet for your shenanigans.

  • Imogene Harris

    My daughter introduced me to Lupe and I consider him more of a poet who uses hip hop as the musical medium. He is a deep young brother who obviously has much to say. However, he should have used the correct platform to express his views. It begs the question of who is most responsible for this: Lupe in not turning down the invitation or the person that didn’t vet him and invited him despite his views?

  • Nisha

    Not even that relevant….way to go “Lupe”..making enemies is not gonna work for ya.

  • sammi_lu

    In ancient times in a number of countries this would be considered treason and harshly punished..nowadays in America, he is just exercising his freedom of expression, and his right to be a self-righteous a–hole.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Obama’s minions will handle this,,, just finish reading the thread.

  • SPEAKUP4TRUTH

    WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME!

  • TRUTH IS

    “Words Ive never said” thats all!!!

  • Dee

    He should not have been invited since he is not exactly Obama’s biggest fan. He should have declined since he is not in support of Obama. It was tacky of him to do that.

  • KynkyPanda

    Niggas……enough said. I swear we will never get ahead with assholes like that.

  • Layla

    He should retire and be a teacher like he said he would do, then he can indoctrinate America’s children from within the classroom and change the course of history that way.

  • Sagittarius81

    In my Antoine Dobson voice: YOU ARE SO DUMB, YOU ARE REALLY DUMB FOR REAL!

    There’s a time and a place to have an opinion, but to insult the POTUS at his own inaugural celebration , how dumb can you get?!? Lupe is a fellow Chicagoan, just like me, so I’m not buying his music anytime soon.

    • Na Na

      How is it dumb to voice your opinion. I’m sure if you’re against abortions and you were invited to the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary you would use that platform to voice your opinion. To Lupe the killing of children in the Middle East by our President is no joke, its not a light matter. so when you look at it that way its hard to say that him speaking his voice is dumb.
      That’s like saying Martin Luther King Jr. should not have spoken out against racism and segregation just because he was speaking at the Washington Monument. When something is a horrible crime to you there is no appropriate time or place.

      • Sagittarius81

        I didn’t say it was dumb to voice your opinion stupid! I it was dumb to accept an invite to perform for someone you’ve been critical of for a while, he was dumb to waste his time at a concert that was for the president, he should have declined! That like inviting your mortal enemy to your party and they trash it! As for King, it was the Civil Rights era where racism was rampant back then and blacks couldn’t vote, “Whites Only” sign, being called the n-word and harassed by whites on a daily basis, even when you’re minding your business, so MLK had every reason to speak up about it, so don’t compare Lupe and MLK, no comparison here!

      • Sagittarius81

        I didn’t say it was dumb to voice your opinion stupid! I it was dumb to accept an invite to perform for someone you’ve been critical of for a while, he was dumb to waste his time at a concert that was for the president, he should have declined! That like inviting your mortal enemy to your party and they trash it! As for King, it was the Civil Rights era where racism was rampant back then and blacks couldn’t vote, “Whites Only” sign, being called the n-word and harassed by whites on a daily basis, even when you’re minding your business, so MLK had every reason to speak up about it, so don’t compare Lupe and MLK, no comparison here!

  • JH

    To the fool that hired him….pinkslip.

    • yolie

      werd

  • ambitious 1

    Out of all the people coordinating the events, no one cught wind that he was invited and didn’t no his stance on this president???? Smh

    • IllyPhilly

      Hoping somebody mentioned that.

  • princess courtenay

    that rat face lookin bastard!! ugh!!!

  • Janae

    What a disgrace!

  • It’sMe

    I support people to have their own voice and to express it, but there’s something very fame-hungry about Lupe’s anti-Obama tactics to me. It seems very attention seeking, and if that’s the route that he’s going for, get on a reality show, don’t embarrass yourself like this Son.

  • rzakia

    I like Lupe, especially “Food & Liquor” Lupe. However, I think he is beginning a slow decent into madness. If you listen to him interview it’s like he’s been split down the middle with what his religious beliefs tell him and what his musical success is affording him. I think he’s an incredibly talented individual but I also think that his judgement is way off which can be seen in the video of his performance and subsequent removal from stage.

  • Shaybaby

    I love Lupe’s music but who the hell thought this was a good idea? Lupe has been more than vocal about how he feels about President Obama. This was a hot mess.

    • ieshapatterson

      True.he should have gotten on stage and rap or sing and called it a day.the extra that got him booted from the whole area,was obviously not needed.

    • Na Na

      when has PETA ever turned down an invite to an award show full of celebrities in furs just sothey can dowse them in water or whatever. When people have strong political and social feelings its like a dream come true to be have a direct platform to voice their concerns. I’m not mad a t Lupe….but the person who booked and confirmed him for this gig not so much. They should have done research, I’m sure even Obama is aware of Lupe’s distaste for him.

  • kylieky

    I understand him trying to be politically aware, but the manner in which he is going about it isn’t very effective. How disrespectful is it to insult a man at a celebration event in his honor. At the end of the day, he is a rapper. Therefore, his message is not going to be perceived with the same level of seriousness and passion that he may convey it with. Instead of criticizing something he has no real control or influence over maybe he should focus his energy on raising awareness for something more of a Chicago based rapper’s speed i.e. poverty , drugs in the community, etc. At this point he is just making himself look like a raving, ignorant negro.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

      or the gang violence there.

  • bluekissess

    He’s such a jerk. Instead of bashing the president he should have a sit down with him.

    • Laine

      A sit down? Do you think he would have been invited?

      • bluekissess

        Probably not. Maybe he just needs to sit with a therapist instead. Who knows.

      • bluekissess

        Probably not. Maybe he just needs to sit with a therapist instead. Who knows.