Bill O'Reilly Schools Lupe Fiasco
Fiasco defends lyrics from his song “Words I Never Said”
A major part of African-American cyberspace agreeing with political commentator Bill O’ Reilly??!!
Hell must have officially frozen over.
However one may feel about the outspoken O’Reilly, it is undeniable that the Fox newsman took on rapper Lupe Fiasco and proceeded to wipe the floor with him.
The Chicago-born Fiasco appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” to defend lyrics from his song “Words I Never Said,” where he criticizes President Barack Obama’s and America's foreign policy:
"…Limbaugh was a racist,
Glenn Beck is a racist,
Gaza strip was gettin' bombed but Obama didn't say sh*t,
That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either,
I'm a part of the problem, my problem is I'm peaceful.
And I believe in the people! Yeah!"
He also throws in a little of the Truther Movement with another line:
"…I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit,
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets."
The lyrics are the typical musings of the angst-ridden 20-something who has three books on his shelf: "The Browder Files," "The Mis-Education of the Negro" and the "Autobiography of Malcom X.” And perhaps if he had just stuck to the lyrics of his song, he would have been fine.
When Fiasco went all "Obama-is-a-terrorist," though, that’s when things went terribly wrong. After O’Reilly called Lupe out on his controversial statement, Lupe seemed short on a coherent explanation and even retreated a bit with a nonsensical explanation:
“He’s many things, he’s also a protector and a Father in the midst of other things.”
The rest of the exchange was pretty bad: O’Reilly smelled the blood of the unprepared and went on to give Lupe a 30-second summation of the Afghanistan War as if he was speaking to a 6th grader. Then, Lupe stumbled when asked to reconcile his support for the killing of Osama Bin Laden with his opposition to the war on terror. If there was a logical answer in there, no one heard it.
It is refreshing to see young hip-hop artists injecting themselves in the nation’s political discourse. Lupe Fiasco is a talented guy and a welcome departure from most of the garbage-rappers dominating the airwaves. When you choose to become part of the discussion via mainstream media vehicles like “The O’Reilly Factor,” though, the one prerequisite is to be prepared and know what the hell you are talking about.
The interview concluded with the Fox newsman chastising the rapper for disseminating false information and influencing his young audience to accept statements that had no basis in fact.
Was O’Reilly condescending? Sure. Was he patronizing? Sure. Did Lupe deserve it? Absolutely.