After Lupe Fiasco announced that he didn’t vote for the reelection of President Obama, he was shown off stage. Then again, Fiasco doesn’t vote in any U.S. elections in keeping with his different views. Like when he proudly exclaimed, “My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama and the United States of America,” in a 2011 interview with CBS’s What’s Trending.
Josh Rogin with Foreign Policy magazine, tweeted from the event put on by StartUp RockOn, “Lupe Fiasco just got thrown off stage here at the Hamilton Live after he went on an anti-Obama diatribe mid set.” He went on, “So Lupe played one anti-war song for 30 min and said he didn’t vote for Obama and eventually was told to move on to the next song,” however the interesting ended, “Lupe refused to move to the next song so a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go.”
Here’s a picture from the event from user pj_moran:
Though, organizers from StartUp RockOn just released a statement that says it wasn’t, but also says it was, that:
StartUp RockOn is all about startups helping startups. At Sunday night’s Inauguration Celebration at the Hamilton Live, organizers set out to honor innovative visionaries with grants, accolades and a party worthy of the success we achieved at the RNC and DNC this summer.
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 party continued as planned, and we celebrated the announcement of CodeNow’s winning the Grant Challenge. CodeNow is a non-profit startup based in Washington DC that teaches “underrepresented high school students basic skills in computer programming.”
So it wasn’t, but it was? I guess. StartUp RockOn may be practicing their DC-politician-lingo.
Hat-tip to blogger Sooper Mexican.
Update (2:40 am ET): The organizers can’t seem to decide what their talking points are. HyperVocal has tweeted, “Disappointed that an artist took opportunity to use an event celebrating innovation/startups to make a political statement. #StartUpRockOn.”
Lupe Fiasco might catch from flack for this, but damn StartUp RockOn is making a hot mess of this for themselves.
Update (2:51 am ET): Video goodness. Hat-tip Sooper Mexican again.
Update (3:15 am ET): After watching that video, you can’t help but think, are the Lupe Fiasco concert organizers (HyperVocal) lying? Doesn’t look like a “next act” transition to anyone I’ve talked to.
Update (3:37 am ET): As of right now, the term “Lupe” is trending at the number two spot on Twitter.