January 21, 2013

"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."

Got that? A rapper was bizarrely repetitive and jarring and he had to go. A puzzling statement. You may think how could a rapper being repetitive and jarring amount to bizarre? I take it that's a nice way to say he was bad and going on too long.

But spinning it as censorship is such good PR that I suspected he went really offensive in order to get attention. Having watched the video, I've abandoned that hypothesis. It's insufficiently offensive. "Obama didn't say shit" when "Gaza strip was getting bombed," and "that's why I ain't vote for him." Come on. It's not like he said he didn't vote for Obama because he would prefer stricter control of federal spending or originalists on the Supreme Court or some such outrage.

22 comments:

Insufficiently Sensitive said...

A rapper was bizarrely repetitive and jarring and he had to go.

Would that it happen to more of them. I've got a little list, and they never would be missed.

Shouting Thomas said...

An inaugural event might not be the best place for criticism of the president.

tim maguire said...

I don't know about that last bit. I mean, if the organizers say it wasn't censorship, then it couldn't be about censorship, could it? They never lie about that stuff, you know.

Bob Boyd said...

"vocally dissatisfied"

One more thing you don't have to worry about if you decide to go with a Dutch Wife. Its a big selling point.

ricpic said...

Ya mean Lupe wasn't concerned when Rishon LeZion was hit by rockets fired from Gaza? But there's that word, Zion, that place deserved to be hit, right? you miserable inner city underclass piece of shit.

Palladian said...

Ya mean Lupe wasn't concerned when Rishon LeZion was hit by rockets fired from Gaza?

Thugs stick with thugs.

EDH said...

'bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance' ...a nice way to say he was bad and going on too long.

By now I've come to believe those qualities are intrinsic to the genre.

William said...

They don't call him Fiasco for nothing.

madAsHell said...

vocally dissatisfied

I want vocal satisfaction!

Pragmatist said...

You have freedom of speech not freedom of consequences. No one is obligated to give you a platform for your big mouth. Not your boss, not the government, not anyone. We all have a right to not listen.

edutcher said...

You mean he wasn't arrested for inciting those Algerian terrorists and held incommunicado?

Holder must be on a bender.

Pragmatist said...

You have freedom of speech not freedom of consequences. No one is obligated to give you a platform for your big mouth. Not your boss, not the government, not anyone. We all have a right to not listen.

Russell J. Coller, Jr. said...

"hey Lupe.... you got some esplainin' to do..."

SeanF said...

"We are staunch supporters of free speech...organizers decided to move on to the next act."

Make up your mind.

If forcing him off stage when he wanted to keep going was a violation of his free speech rights, then it was so regardless of why you stopped him.

If, however, he only had the use of the stage at your sufferance, than it wasn't a violation of his free speech rights to stop him, regardless of why you stopped him.

john gilchrist said...

People! Who cares what a hip hopper thinks?! Wake up nobama is preparing to claim our guns. Have a backpack prepared, and a well stocked shelter. Keep your peace maker on your person at all times. Keep the chamber loaded. Make sure you maintain your companion. A clean gun is a safe gun.

jacksonjay said...

Did anyone git shot?

jacksonjay said...

Did anyone git shot?

Clyde said...

"Whose bread I eat, his song I sing."

Seems like the rapper forgot that old proverb. It's rude to bite the hand that feeds you, even if it does belong to a "war criminal"!

Alex said...

I've never heard garage, Inga or their ilk express outrage over rockets hitting Israeli civilian neighborhoods.

Mick Havoc said...

All rappers need to be kicked off the stage.
Preferably from the fourth-level catwalk.

ampersand said...

Loopy Fiasco has been re-signed to a four year gig at the White House.

Revenant said...

What's funny is apparently he's been beating the "Obama = terrorist" drum for a long time now.

He was probably booked by the same geniuses who booked the anti-American Korean guy last month.