“Obama’s president, so? What’s he represent?
Just because the n*gga’s half black don’t mean he’s Heaven-sent.”

What’s the Real Fiasco?

Lupe Fiasco, a Chicago based conscious/political rapper, has caused quite the stir lately. At a concert event the night before the presidential inauguration, Lupe was kicked off stage after making anti-Obama remarks. Lupe, performing his song “Words I Never Said”, rapped the following:

“If you turn on TV, all you see’s a bunch of what-the-f*cks
Dude is dating so-and-so, blabbering ’bout such & such

And that ain’t Jersey Shore, homie that’s the news
And these the same people supposedly telling us the truth
Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist
Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say sh*t

That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either
I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful
And I believe in the people”

After the above “rant”, the lights were cut & Lupe was escorted off stage by security guards. Supposedly it wasn’t Lupe’s politics that got him kicked out, it was, according to the event’s organizers StartUP RockON, Lupe’s “bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied”.


One must wonder though…if Lupe did a repetitive, jarring show on b*tches, weed, & shiny rims, would the organizers have reacted the same way? If Lupe did a similar show on say, Romney’s inauguration night, would the black community have reacted the same way? Just questions…

After discussing the incident with friends & coworkers, I kept receiving the same responses:
“Free speech is one thing…disrespecting the president at his inauguration is another.”
“This aint a free speech issue, this is a Black man attacking another Black man issue.”
“It just aint right dissin Obama like that.”

I doubt these same people had any objections when famed & highly respected commercial rapper Kayne West “dissed” Taylor Swift at her 2009 MTV award ceremony saying, “Beyonce is better”. “It just aint right dissin Taylor Swift like that” right?


Kanye West interrupts the acceptance speech from best female video winner Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York

I doubt these same people had any objection when famed & highly respected political theorist Kanye West “dissed” the previous president when he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” “It just aint right dissin President Bush like that” right?


One comment about the incident really got to me.
“There is a time & place for everything…& this wasn’t it…”

People, Black people in particular, that kind of attitude goes against everything the civil rights movement stood for.

There is a time & place for everything right? Does one remember Tommie Smith & John Carlos giving the Black Power fist at the 1968 Olympic games during the medal ceremony? The whole world was watching & it garnered massive international attention towards the plight of African Americans. Should they have waited until they got back to the hotel room to salute? Should they have waited until they got back to America at a track to salute? An Olympic medal ceremony is no place to fight for equal rights…


There is a time & place for everything right? Does one remember Dr. Martin Luther King & his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963? The speech, delivered from Washington, DC’s Lincoln Memorial, was given to more than 200,000 people. Was this defining moment in the Civil Rights Movement done at the wrong time & place? Segregation & economic inequality is a Southern institution…should he have given the speech at Ole Miss? Should Dr. King have waited & delivered the speech in front of a Woolworths or some random Black church? Washington, DC is no place to fight for equal rights…


I’m not comparing Lupe Fiasco’s “40-minute rant” to an act of international protest or speech writing genius, but there are some similarities. All the above acts were deemed “not the right place or the right time”, “inappropriate”, or “counterproductive”. There is nothing “inappropriate” about two athletes who can run around a track for America but not eat in one of her diners using a platform to voice opposition. There is nothing “counterproductive” about a civil rights leader marching to the capital of the United States to demand civil rights…constitutionally guaranteed civil rights. There is nothing “not the right place or the right time” about an activist/artist bringing attention to human rights abuses the president is committing at a place where the president is located.

I believe people have the right to speak their mind where they want, when they want, & how they want. Free speech is an essential part of a free & open Democratic society. In my opinion, Lupe did what he thought was right, using a large platform to voice his opinion about issues he deems very pertinent. One does not have to agree with his message, but one must agree that he has every right to express it. After all, this is America right…right?

In closing, I want to ask the reader one final question & that ties into the title:

What’s the real fiasco?

Is the real fiasco Gaza Strip getting bombed & Obama not saying sh*t, or is it Lupe Fiasco telling the world on Obama’s inauguration night “Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say sh*t”…?

I’ve made my choice…what’s yours?

  1. Izna Nadeem says:

    Great piece. I was ready to argue at the beginning but once you brought in the comparisons I understood your point clearly. Great conclusion also, it’s never NOT the right time and place to speak the truth for an activist.

  2. ginfluence says:

    That’s all very well but remember activism goes both ways. Would you have written the same article if it wasn’t Lupe (who i think is brilliant). You agree, or at least sympathize with Lupe so that’s ok. But what if you didn’t? Would it still have been ok? Same situation but it wasn’t a rapper, say it was Bill O Reilly, not rapping, but standing in front of the same crowd saying how shit Obama was for 40mins and he got taken off the stage. Would you have written this same article saying he had a point and it was pertinent and any time is the right time to say it?

    • That’s a great question & I’m SO glad you asked it.
      Yes..I would have written the same paper with the same argument no matter who was escorted off stage.

      I believe no matter if a pig calls a dog a dog..or if a cow calls a dog a dog..that dog is still a dog. So it doesn’t matter if Lupe calls Obama a warmonger or if Bill O’ Reilly calls Obama a warmonger..Obama is STILL a warmonger. Now, Bill is a Republican..so him calling Obama something while the candidates he supports does/did the same thing is laughable.

      I believe people must stop this “hero worship” of Obama and treat him for what he is…a politician…and politicians should be held accountable for what they do.

  3. bwanae says:

    You are right my friend.
    This here has nothing to do with one Black man dissing another one.
    And while people are busy talking about that, the real issue is not discussed!
    The real debate is avoided.
    Now, Who does it suit?

  4. Schlüter says:

    The reaction to Lupe´s action was to be forseen, the more brave it was! It leads to the one question: what does Obama stand for? Yes, in a way his image stands for long dreams of African Americans being pressed into a racist system of the “one drop rule”, which makes Obama as black as any, driving many African Americans into an understandable romantism about the man. But it´s the image (well designed and decorated by a concept) they are seeing, not the person, precisely the political person. As a political person he´s the product of the dual party system which appears to a certain extend as the two sides of the same coin, which is in the hands of the true Power Elite (predominantly WASP). My view on this is to be found here: http://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/us-elections-wasp-faces-black-mask/ ! Obama doesn´t stand for change of real power in the US. This can only be achieved by a long and protracted political struggle bringing fourth an independent socialist movement and party in the US!
    A dramatic touch is given to the whole situation as there is deep split in the small Power Elite (not more than 100 persons) about the strategies to “eternal” world dominance of the US: http://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/us-power-elite-at-war-among-themselves/ !
    In so far one must say today, anything could happen to Obama, as he is the exponent of the “Soft Power Fraction” which is by far not as soft as the political term is saying. The Neocon Fraction is thirsty for a revenge and that makes Obama appear as the “Peace Lover” which is far from the truth. My conclusion since long: nothing is as it is presented to us! And Lupe pulled the curtain away for a short moment. Praise to him!
    Andreas Schlüter
    Berlin, Germany

  5. Loa says:

    I do not agree with some of your views,here’s why: For one, Black people can not be racist, prejudice, but not racist. Here’s why: Black people do not have the economic means to ruin a communities livelihood. The majority of employers are white, and most hire their own. Another thing: there is nothing wrong for being for people, but as a Black woman, I can not say that I agree with the “peaceful” speaking. Despair white people from prejudice talk. Looka here; White people have been saying all kinds of shit to Black people, and they want to cry about this shit. Imus called Black women from Rutgers basketball team”nappy headed hoes” they were so hurt,some even cried. Now, if Imus were a black man,what would have those girls have said: he would be one cussed out “Nigga dis and Nigga that.” Quite frankly, I’m tired of Black people not knowing how to put these mutha fuckas in their place. White people will stop once you know how to put them in their place. Fuck, all the bullshit. Black people always want to fight and beat up people over the word “nigger”, like they can’t come up with a rebuttle so they have to use their hands instead. I know that you are mixed, your mother is white,correct? and your father is black, and you want blacks and whites to come together;however,Black people need to come together first, and worry about the white man later. Black people can not ask for white people to accept them, when in fact, we do not even accept ourselves. Malcom X warned us of this,and this is the real reason he was murdered. Not for worshiping with the white man in mecca,which there never was white people there but white skin Aryan Indo -asians or middle eastern white skin folks. Get your facts straight, Malcom X and Martin Luther King were murdered because they wanted to get Black people to come together,and Martin was killed because he deserted the civil way. His views were becoming like Malcom’s and that is why he was murdered.

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