08:30 AM on 01/21/13
Its kinda scary how Obama is so close to being a dictator. You say one thing about him and even though the crowed loves it just because Obama doesn't like it the guy gets his mic cut and kicked off. Doesnt sound like democracy to me.....just sayin'
Get educated, and learn what a dictator is. Has Rush Limbaugh got his mic cut off by Obama? No? And the shit he says is out of this world mindnumbingly terrible.
Obama had absolutely zero to do with this; it was the promoter's decision to cut him short, stop being ignorant.
08:54 AM on 01/21/13
Government censorship, plain and simple. I understand what was said was beyond rude considering the event he was at, but the worst it does is make Lupe sound ignorant.
I suppose it could be spun that Lupe's words about the president had the potential to incite violence, but I wouldn't buy that, and I certainly don't believe the current excuse for why he was kicked off stage.
You realize the government had nothing to do with this right?
08:58 AM on 01/21/13
That wasn't secret service, moron.
The idiot played the SAME song for 30 MINUTES, refused to play another song, and was kicked off stage. If I was a promoter and the band I booked refused to play anything beyond one song I'd kick them off too, and so would you.
09:41 AM on 01/21/13
Like others have pointed out, booking Lupe in the first place was a dumb move. Secondly, StartUp RockOn is not affiliated with the U.S. government. The organizers (who are not government employees) may have kicked Lupe out because of his remarks but that does not equate to "government censorship". Obama didn't call them up and say, "Shut him up, quick!" and then drag him to a back alley and kill him (which would actually be closer in line to what a dictator would do).
So, it may be censorship on the part of the organizers yet it's obvious that Lupe agreed to the show to cause a stir. He knew the purpose of the show and his own stance. That aside, calling Obama a dictator shows how ignorant a person some people are. Despite all the faults and questionable policies any of our presidents have had, none of them come close to what an actual dictator is like.
No. He was removed after playing the same song for over a half hour, and refusing to do anything else.
10:03 AM on 01/21/13
It could easily be a combination of the two.
He was adding more and more controversial words to the same tune so that it would sink in and that he could express himself as long as he could, because the song was lyrically fitting and the timing was right.
Also, an event doesn't have to be "government sanctioned" for the organizers to be turned off by the content of a message, especially if he's emphasizing it and freestyling the rest.
Regardless of the content, at ANY event, if a performer decided to just play the same song for a half hour+, they would be asked to move on or get off the stage.
And that's what happened here. He was asked to move onto the next song, he refused, and was pulled off stage.
01:42 PM on 01/21/13
I am not criticizing what Lupe did. That takes balls.
I am not criticizing what Obama's people did in pulling Lupe. If you booked talent to perform at YOUR party and they talked shit about you on stage, you wouldn't be very happy either.
However, it was pretty dumb of Obama's people to book Lupe if he was so vocally against Obama and his policies.
My two cents.
They pulled him after he repeatedly sang the SAME SONG for 30 minutes. If a promoter booked you, and you played the same song for 30 minutes, you'd get kicked off stage too. They said move on, or get off stage. He decided to get kicked off stage.
Just play your set, you're getting paid tons of money to be there. If you don't like Obama that's cool, either don't take the show, or put your political opinions aside and play a good show. He did neither.
08:18 PM on 01/21/13
First of all, your statement contradicts itself. I don't agree with you, but I'm pretty sure you meant this:
"If Obama had something to do with this, this wouldn't be the first thing Obama has done that shows he is heading toward dictatorship."
No I think he meant it like:
"I'm not convinced Obama had nothing to do with this. But, even if he had nothing to do with this, he's done many other things to prove we're headed towards dictatorship."
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