Lupe Fiasco performs at the Grammy Nominations Concert on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 in Los Angeles.(Photo: Matt Sayles, AP)
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
You might wonder why rapper Lupe Fiasco would be invited to an inauguration party, given that he has publicly criticized President Obama in the past.
But this party was all about free speech.
So when Fiasco took the stage Sunday in Washington at the Hamilton Live theater as part of the StartUp RockOn inauguration bash, he bashed Obama again.
"Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist," he rapped. "Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say (bleep). That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either."
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.
In a statement posted on HyperVocal.com Monday, organizers of the party say Fiasco was not kicked off stage for what he said.
"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."