Lupe Fiasco had his set cut short at an inauguration party for President Obama’s second term, following what one journalist present described as a 30-minute extended performance of his 2011 single, “Words I Never Said,” in which he repeated the lines, “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./I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.”
Video of the incident shows Fiasco performing the line in the mic, then cuts to him continuing the song once the microphone was cut off, and finally being removed from the stage. The organizers of the event, Hypervocal, have issued a statement saying:
“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.”
There’s no doubt that the re-election and re-inauguration of President Obama hasn’t been met with the same enthusiasm as his 2008 victory. Such is the way with all reelection, since the incumbent will inevitably have some baggage that makes his constituents unhappy. But was Lupe right to voice his discontent at a private event celebrating the President? Let us know in the comment section.