Lupe Fiasco Kicked off Stage at Obama Inauguration Event
Organizers for the celebrations around President Obama’s second-term inauguration were not too pleased to see headliner Lupe Fiasco go on a long Anti-Obama tirade at a private event at the Hamilton Live in Washington D.C. Security escorted him off the stage and interrupted his extended 30-minute performance of “The Words I Never Said”, a song that criticizes Obama’s foreign policy:
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, next one either
After tweeting that they were “disappointed that an artist took opportunity to use an event celebrating innovation/startups to make a political statement”, event organizers Hypervocal released a statement giving the embarrassing incident a different spin:
“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.”
While this statement and some media report that he was “booed off stage”, the video of the incident clearly shows he was cheered by some of the crowd before being escorted by security.