Video: Lupe Fiasco Kicked Off Stage For Anti-Obama Comments During Inaugural Performance [UPDATED]

lupe-backstageWhen it comes to politics, Lupe Fiasco‘s been increasingly outspoken over the years. His biggest anti-everything statement came on the bombastic “Words I Never Said”, which features lyrics against President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, and the U.S.’s policies on a slew of topics. With that in mind, would you book the Chicago rapper for a performance meant to celebrate Obama’s reelection? Probably not.

But that’s just what some folks did for an event at Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. Last night, Lupe took the stage and apparently performed “Words I Never Said” for 30 minutes straight. Upon realizing that he wasn’t moving along in his set, security guards approached Lu and promptly ended his set.

The following tweets are from Foreign Policy reporter Josh Rogin, who was at the event.

You can peep some video of Lupe being escorted off the stage below. [via]

UPDATE: The event promoters have responded to the allegations that Lu’s performance was halted because of “anti-Obama” statements. [via]

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.

17 thoughts on “Video: Lupe Fiasco Kicked Off Stage For Anti-Obama Comments During Inaugural Performance [UPDATED]

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  1. Lupe dissed Hov . i doubt Hov would give a crap about Lupe

  2. I am pretty sure he knew that this was a crowd of people supporting the President (obviously) before going on stage because he planned on doing what he did. That is what kind of makes him a jerk. He takes a job and uses the stage to shit on the people who came out to celebrate the inauguration.

    It is disrespectful. no one would condone it if it were Bush. This is a stunt that was straight up disrespectful.

    He pretty much attempted to do the equivalent of West Bastrop Church does to funerals of the military. If you think about it. Calling the President a terrorist in an inaugural performance is pretty much equivalent to holding posters reading “God Hates Fags”. Both are just ignorant ploys to incite rage and to anger people.

  3. true. He does not stand for anything. Lupe should realize that there are many other reasons why people should have voted for Obama and not voting at all makes it more likely for Romney to win. People who are not as well off as Lupe is that care about welfare and social security depended on Obama because he is the only guy who would try to prevent that from happening. Lupe does not grasp that policies are never perfect and that is why he abstains from all issues. I voted for Obama because I know he cares about the auto industry which my family works for and without Obama we might not have had jobs today. That is just one reason to vote. Point is that it is ignorant of Lupe to bash people for voting when many people’s livelihoods depend greatly on the outcome of an election. What gives Lupe the right to tell us we are supporting “terrorists’ when we are just trying to help our family and friends. Lupe does not comprehend policy and government because he would know that without active participation in our democracy, i.e. voting, there is no democracy. I don’t care if Lupe feels he does not have to vote, but at the same time he should not point fingers at people who supported Obama and the people there obviously supported them and Lupe shitted on their parade.

  4. it’s not his beliefs that cause condemnation. it’s the fact that lupe is a fucking ignorant reactionary billing himself as an enlightened dissenter. It’s all fuckin garbage bullshit.

  5. I don’t mind the fact that he did the song, but to perform it for 30 minutes straight was him trying to be provocative-he looked very self-satisfied when he got kicked off. Making political statements just get attention and publicity for yourself is the opposite of activism.

  6. Lupe needs Jay-Z to executive produce his next record so he can get his mind back to F&L.

  7. Fail on the part of the promoters. Lupe fail for doing the SAME song for 30mins. However, we all take a fail if we condem Lupe for his beliefs about Obama but if it was Bush… we’d praise Lupe.

  8. Was he drunk? Either way this is bad, but not as bad as playing Niggas in Paris 12 times

  9. dude can’t “stand up” to anything because he doesn’t stand for aything. Beneath his aesthetic of dissent there is no higher moral standpoint. I meant he dude called obama a terrorist. Not that I’m a fan of obama, but that just reveals how little Lupe actually understands about what he’s doing.

  10. Well he was performing the same song for 30 mins. They eventually had to move on to the next performer, c’mon guys..

  11. I feel you bro. some may defend Lupe for ‘standing up’ and whatever, but I am sick of Lupe’s self-superior attitude. He used to be about the music and now he turned social consciousness into a ploy for attention. Also the ignorance to say for voting obama is supporting terrorism is beyond me. it is kind of like eating meat is murder. or owning an smartphone you are support child soldiers in africa.

  12. Swan Johnson|

    At least Lupe Fiasco has some fucking balls! Why the fuck did they book him!!???! Much respect to Lupe for standing up for what he believes in and denouncing murderous American foreign policy. He has an agenda, and the best place to get his point across is ata political event, which he did! If he performed at the event and kept his mouth shut on the issue he would be like many others who keep their views quite to make money! Obama is either a pussy or a terrorist!!!!

  13. Dude is an absolute cornball these days. Get a haircut and shut your mouth.

  14. I don’t even know what to think of Lu anymore.

  15. I hate nothing more the artists beeing unproffessional. And the height of unproffessionalism (if that word exists, english is not my main language) is letting yourself get paid by omeone you don’t like and use that persons event to speak against that person. If you are an artist and you don’t like an organisation or a person or firm, then don’t take the gig. But taking their money and then slandering their name at their event – that’s just unprofessional!

  16. I feel like Lupe just wants attention, he has been stubborn with his so called cause yet it is pretty rude and counterproductive what he did.

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