Asking a rapper who once called President Obama "the biggest terrorist" to headline an inauguration party might seem like a recipe for a fiasco.
And that's precisely what transpired at last night's StartUp RockOn Inauguration Celebration at the Hamilton Live theater in Washington DC.
After thirty-plus minutes of repeating the same verse from his song "Words I Never Said" and refusing to move to another song, the aptly named Lupe Fiasco was escorted off the stage by security.
But the party's organizers insist Fiasco wasn't given the hook for singing "Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say shit / That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either" over and over again.
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.
For what it's worth, Fiasco was at one point an Obama supporter, telling his fans in 2008 that "a vote for Obama is a vote for the future."