On Sunday night, rapper Lupe Fiasco performed at an Obama Inauguration event called StartUp RockOn in Washington D.C. The Chicago rapper, notoriously-critical of President Obama, launched into a bizarre, 30-minute anti-Obama, anti-war song before being booted off the stage by the show's organizers. In a song, he bashed Obama: "Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist. Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say sh*t. That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either."
Here's a few Tweets describing what went down with Lupe:
Lupe Fiasco just got thrown off stage here at the Hamilton Live after he went on an anti-Obama diatribe mid set.— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) January 21, 2013
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.— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) January 21, 2013
Lupe refused to move to the next song so a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go.— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) January 21, 2013
(@mdornic) January 21, 2013
Shortly after, one of the organizers of the event, the website Hypervocal, posted an official statement about why Lupe was silenced and kicked off the stage:
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. 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. Read more at http://hypervocal.com/news/2013/lupe-fiasco-inauguration-statement/#J5ts2C2Bsr3YOLGk.99