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Why Was Lupe Fiasco Escorted Offstage at an Inaugural Party?

Lupe Fiasco. who’s been fairly vocal (and, in our interview with him, very vocal) about his dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama, was nevertheless invited to play a set at a private inaugural party. What exactly happened there is a little bit dependent on who you ask, but the long and short of it is that Fiasco got a trifle carried away and was escorted offstage. There were some people saying he launched into an anti-Obama rant mid-set, while concert organizers said he was behaving erratically. He certainly played a 30-minute anti-war song, which certainly sounds erratic. Either way, he was asked to maybe move onto another song since a half-hour song seemed a little indulgent. He refused, the audience got unhappy, and that was that. “Lupe Fiasco was not ‘kicked off stage’ for an ‘anti-Obama rant,'” said concert organizers. “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” …

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