Rapper Lupe Fiasco was escorted off stage by security during a performance at StartUp RockOn’s inauguration celebration Sunday night.
Lupe reportedly performed a 30-minute rendition of his anti-war song “Words I Never Said”, which includes the lyrics “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.”
Fans at The Hamilton venue were stunned as Fiasco performed an anti-Obama song for 30 minutes, and reportedly refused to move on to another track.
Josh Rogin, a reporter for news website The Cable, took to Twitter to describe the incident, writing, "Lupe Fiasco just got thrown off stage here at the Hamilton Live after he went on an anti-Obama diatribe mid set."
Fiasco was reportedly told to move on to the next song after the 30-minute anti-war diatribe. And when he refused, he was "invited" to leave the stage.
However, organizers say the Chicago rapper’s political views had nothing to do with the decision.
“Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned,” StartUp RockOn said in a statement. “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.”
It's not the first time Fiasco has openly criticized the president - he hit headlines in 2011 after taking aim at Obama's foreign policy stance and called him a terrorist.
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