Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco recently discussed his now-infamous comments about President Barack Obama and how much damage he did to his career since 2011. #Blackballed
According to Fiasco, immediate backlash and controversy resulted from his terrorist comment.
“I was immediately blackballed,” Fiasco told Katie Couric. “I lost a lot of friends… Board members of my foundation [Lupe Fiasco Foundation] stepped down. I lost a lot of sponsorships. I had people threaten me.” (Mediaite)
Despite the negative reactions, Fiasco said he did not regret the remarks.
He still maintains his criticism of Obama, telling Couric: “My black president is Nelson Mandela. Africa has always had black presidents so, my scale, being a black president isn’t anything new. It’s new to America, yes, but I’m a global citizen, I look around the world. So my bar is someone who really fought for peace. Not someone who’s continuing wars around the world.” Asked whether he regrets the comments, Fiasco flatly said: “No.” (Mediaite)
Last year, Lupe found himself getting booted off a stage for taking jabs at President Obama.
Lupe Fiasco was booted off an inaugural party stage last night in Washington after dedicating his 30-minute set to the song “Words I Never Said,” Politico reports. The rapper, performing at an event hosted by StartUp RockOn, repeated the lyrics, “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,” for an usually long time and said he didn’t vote for Obama. He was told to move to the next song, but refused and was escorted off the stage. (Rolling Stone)
The Chicago rapper initially raised eyebrows after describing the president as a terrorist days in mid-2011.
“In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America,” Fiasco said in an interview. “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.” (CBS News)
Check out Lupe Fiasco’s interview: