Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Today In White House Navel-Gazing: Common's A Thug Rapper?!? Really?!?

Wow, it's official: all of black America is under attack. No, seriously.
Here’s an opportunity to relive your high-school poetry classes.

First Lady Michelle Obama has scheduled a poetry evening for Wednesday, and she’s invited several poets, including a successful Chicago poet and rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA “Common.” However, Lynn is quite controversial, in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the “burn[ing]” of then-President George W. Bush.

Back in 2003, First Lady Laura Bush held a poetry evening, and she invited several poets to reprise the work of Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman. Although none of those poets had urged violence against a president, Bush canceled the event after left-of-center poets protested and threatened to disrupt the event.

The First Lady’s office did not return a call from TheDC.
Here's the appearance on Def Poetry Jam that has everyone's knickers in a bunch. Clearly the "social commentary" here went right over these ingrates' heads.

So, apparently conservative website The Daily Caller has some issue with Starbucks rapper Common going to the White House. If these folks heads weren't so far up their asses, they'd probably realize that Common's about as nonthreatening and uncontroversial rapper as they come. In the world of rap, he is about as scary as Carlton from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

The man hasn't made a song of consequence since Like Water For Chocolate. He does commercials for computers and went to college for crissakes. He dates (or dated) Serena Williams. He's in movies. He's not exactly a cop killer. He's about as far from it as you'll find in the rap world, but hey, he's a rapper, and that's enough to scare Middle America sh*tless I suppose.

Middle America might not wanna check their kids' iPods, BTW. Common would be the least of their problems.

I mean, really. Is everything and everyone invited to the White House going to be a subject of scrutiny now? Because this is just getting outrageous.

Besides, Common's not the first rapper to go to the White House, and hardly the most controversial. Anyone else remember when Bush Sr. invited Eazy E?!?

Question: How stupid and out of touch does lint picking like this make Conservatives look?

h/t to RiPPa

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