Inauguration Weekend Goes Off Without A Hitch…Sorta


Barack Obama 2013 Inauguration Speech

Today was the public inauguration of Barack Obama. Yesterday, January 20th was the date that the official ceremony must be held. It is reported that the private inauguration went off without a hitch but the blogosphere has been excited about a quipp that occured during a pre-inaugural event.

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The rapper had been repeating politically charged lyrics for an unusually long time when event officials forced him to stop, according to various attendees. -Politico

It seems that not everyone was in a festive mood this weekend as reports have been coming in that rapper/political activist Lupe Fiasco was silenced during a pre-inaugural party at the Hamilto Live Sunday night. According to reports Lupe criticized the POTUS during his performance by singing his song “Things I Never Said“.

Lupe_Fiasco_Inauguration_Kicked_offstage2Lupe has openly criticized the POTUS before and has accrued both acclaim and scorn for it. He even appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s talk show and proclaimed that Barack Obama was a terrorist outright.

So, who in their right mind would book Lupe Fiasco to perform at pre-inauguration event? StartUp RockOn would. On their own website they champion their movement as being a “celebration of entreprenuers,innovators and risk takers .

Lupe Fiasco Inaugural Celebration1The organizers of the event have come under fire for inhibiting free speech. Reports state that they had this to say in their defense.

“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.”

The statement was posted on HyperVocal.com

Politico reports that tweets indicated Fiasco played one anti-war song for 30 minutes and was told to move on to the next song. When he refused, security escorted him off the stage.

Here is some footage that I was able to find on YT of the event. It doesn’t appear that the crowd was unnerved nor did Lupe appear to be ranting. Granted the clip is only about 2 minutes long and his set reportedly lasted for 30 minutes but it really does look like Lupe was shut down because of what he had to say.

Lupe Fiasco Kicked Off Stage at Obama Inauguration – Lupe Fiasco Obama Slander

Lupe Fiasco performs at a Barack Obama inaugural event HD

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