Lupe Fiasco Calls President Obama a Terrorist
Lupe has caused a Fiasco, trading rap punch lines for political doublespeak.
The rapper recently appeared on the CBS News show “What’s Happening” and spoke to host Shira Lazar about his less-than-enthusiastic thoughts about President Barack Obama.
“In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America. For me, I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. The root cause of the terrorism is the stuff that you as a government allow to happen and the foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists. And it’s easy for us because it’s really just some oil, which we can really get on our own,” said Fiasco to Lazar.
If that jaw-dropping remark wasn’t enough, Fiasco added:
“I don’t get involved in the political process because it’s meaningless, to be honest,” he said. “First of all I’m a real big believer if I’m gonna vouch for someone, then I’m gonna stand behind everything that they do. That’s just how I am as a human being. So politicians aren’t gonna do that because I don’t want you to bomb some village in the middle of nowhere.”
The polarizing statements have caused both the political and music community to take sides on the issue. Fellow rapper Prodigy, who has just been released from a 3-year prison sentence, thought the “conscious” rapper’s statements were correct.
"I would have to agree with him," Prodigy told HipHopDX. "Most of these politicians and these government officials ... most of them are the real terrorists.”
However, others weren’t so quick to praise Fiasco’s freedom of expression. Notorious rapper roaster Bill O’Reilly labeled the MC a “pinhead”.
“Now, we’re used to irresponsible statements from rappers,” said O’Reilly, “but that’s really over the top.”
O’Reilly, anxious for a debate with a rapper, invited Fiasco into the no-spin zone and Fiasco, anxious to defend his comments, agreed to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor.” On Monday, June 20, he faced off against the conservative pundit in an epic war of political words.
“It’s really just an expression of me trying to, I guess, understand critically the society,” said Fiasco.
“President Obama is not a terrorist. He’s trying to do what he believes is the right thing to do. The United States is not a bad nation. It’s a noble nation,” O’Reilly fired back.
Fiasco’s accusatory claims come at the same time that he has announced the current production and intended release of his fourth studio album, Food & Liquor 2. Many have speculated that his inflammatory words are an early form of PR for the new album. One thing is for sure: Obama—or O’Reilly—certainly won’t be featured on any of the songs.
A release date for Fiasco’s new album is yet to be determined.
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