News: Asher Roth On President Obama, "Didn't Know You Could Win The Peace Prize By Just Talking Sh*t"

Friday, Oct 9, 2009 5:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap newcomer Asher Roth has questioned President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize achievement on Friday (October 9) and said standards for winning the iconic recognition should be re-examined.

From Roth's perspective, his issue is bigger than the president himself.

"Didn't know you could win the peace prize by just talking sh*t...," he wrote on Twitter. "I'm all for "hope" and "progress" but people have been dedicating their lives for peace - actions speak louder than words - my opinion only...@Cpetty281 I disagree, I think change starts at the basement level - change starts with us, the people - were being manipulated Has nothing to do with "Obama" and everything to do with the "Peace Prize" - change starts with us, the people - who's gon wake up first? Seek truth." (Asher Roth's Twitter)

Barack has been recognized for his international efforts Friday morning.

Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision that honored the first-year U.S. president more for promise than achievement and drew both praise and skepticism around the world. The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," citing his fledgling push for nuclear disarmament and his outreach to the Muslim world. Obama, a Democrat who took office as the first black U.S. president in January, has been widely credited with improving America's global image. (Reuters)

Roth caught heat last April after attending a Rutgers University event and making an offensive public remark on Twitter, for which he later apologized.

At Rutgers stirring up a ruckus," Roth wrote unmodified. "Been a day of rest and relaxation, sorry Twitter - hanging out with some nappy headed h*es...Totally just making fun of Don Imus - Sorry Scoot, not trying to be offensive...I'm extremely apologetic to anyone who took offense to my immature, bad joke." (OnSmash)

He recently reflected on how sensitive remarks can be avoided for the future.

"When that whole thing happened, and the response to it, I was like, 'Whoa, I need to clarify myself,'" he explained in an interview. "And that happened in five minutes. Imagine trying to get it pressed in a magazine, that takes months -- that shoot I did for Playboy about three months ago isn't coming out for another three months, so the press publications go through so much...but with the blogs it's just bang-bang-bang and it's out. Twitter's absolutely crazy, the information. Just in general I think it's important that people appreciate and respect different ways of life. There's a delicacy to how people were raised and they'll react differently to different things. People need to appreciate and respect that but for me, I think it's important to get conversation out there so the way I feel about life, I don't think it's wrong or anything like that, I just think it's open for discussion...I think it's just, we need to get back to the basics of treat others how you want to be treated and, you know, talk about some things." (Hip Hop DX)

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