Lupe Fiasco Thrown Off Stage at an Inaugural Event
Politics in the United States has been a controversial topic due to the fact that people have different views. Some people have voiced their opinion on how some leaders are contributing to the problem rather than solving it. Politicians have been questioned over their ethics and behaviors on certain issues involving certain demographics and highly criticized over their foreign policy. The Obama Administration faces scrutiny all the time over their laws and policies affecting society which comes from news analysts, bloggers, and ordinary citizens. Recently, Lupe Fiasco, an American rapper, has received mixed reviews over his comments criticizing Obama and the US Government. He has the right to voice his opinion but where he said it may have been the problem which made people look down on him and not the message he was trying to send.
On January 20, 2013, StartUp RockOn had a celebration for the re-election of President Barack Obama on his second term in office at the Hamilton Live Theater in Washington DC. Lupe Fiasco went on stage and performed an anti-war song title Words I Never Said attacking President Obama. There was a video clip showing Lupe saying some of the lyrics which included, “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit, That’s why I ain’t vote for him.” Then some security guards came on and asked the rapper to leave the stage. It looked like the crowd was silent and having mixed feelings over the song. Some people praised Lupe for speaking his mind while some felt it was unnecessary.
If you really wanted to analyze the situation, some people view the actions of Lupe Fiasco as an act of bravery. He spoke out against Obama and how he reacts to politics when it comes to certain situations. Obama has been labelled a terrorist for sending troops overseas for the better interest of the United States which has taken the lives of innocent people. Lupe has a strong fan base who have been giving major praise for his voice speaking out against many political analysts like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck who make foul or improper statement against different minority and ethic groups.
Although he has been praised for his performance, he has also received many backlash for his statements. Some people felt it was very disrespectful for him to make such statements about President Obama. He has no respect for authority for making such statements on an inauguration event dedicated to the re-election of President Obama. He went on stage to perform an anti-war song which he knew the event was in the honor of the President. This is a high level of disrespect. It is by choice to like or dislike President Obama and it is also a choice to perform if you don’t like the event that is being displayed.
After Lupe Fiasco made his statements through his anti-war comments at the inauguration event, can the blame really be placed on him completely? Most cases, yes but in this case, it is partially not his fault. Let’s examine this part thoroughly. Lupe has been making statements against Obama many years before. In June 2011, on a CBS Program called What Happening, Lupe made the following statement about President Obama:
“My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama and the United States of America. I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism.”
He made it clear that he does not like President’s Obama and his views on politics and has completely different views on what is being presented in the media. But Lupe had attracted many negative comments when it comes to politics especially during the 2012 Presidential Election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney when he said he is not going to vote. Actor and comedian DL Hughley made a statement on Hot 973.7/Hartford about Lupe’s decision not to vote by saying, “He’s bright as hell, but dumb in the ways of the world.” DL Hughley is one of many people who don’t agree with his views and actions on politics. Not voting does not help solve the problem and that was part of the point Hughley was trying to make.
After Lupe Fiasco has been making statements about President Obama, the US Government, and making the decision not to vote, who organized the inauguration event that would ask him to perform on stage? It is very clear that Lupe does not agree with the current system of politics and who would decide to ask him to perform? Did they ask him which songs he would perform and songs not to perform? There were speculations that he was thrown off the stage due to his anti-war song while some sources say organizers came and asked him to leave the stage due to the dissatisfaction of the crowd. If people knew his views beforehand, why would he be asked to perform at an inauguration event and why would he agree to do it?
Lupe Fiasco is conscious hip hop artist who has a strong view on politics. It is obvious he wants to enlighten the minds of people in society in hoping that they will be aware and more concerned about politics. But some people feel he is enlightening the minds of people in the wrong way through his actions of not voting and calling the President a terrorist. He has the right to freedom of speech but where he decided to voice his opinion on President Obama was not acceptable. The inauguration event was suppose to celebrate President Obama’s second term in office and he had no right to make anti-war comments that would go against the main point of the event and annoy the supporters of President Obama who attended the event in the process. He has the right to feel and express himself in anyway he chooses but where he did it is the problem. Many fans support him because they are loyal fans. But to some supporters who saw the event, viewed it as disrespectful. Lupe is a well-respected artist but do you think he was right for making an anti-war rant on the inauguration event?
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