Such uproar about a rapper doing poetry at the White House!!

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 05/12/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Not to mention its not like he was going to do one of his raunchy pieces…
So you think it should be made a big deal that Common the Rapper do a Poetry reading at the White House??


Sarah Palin took issue with the White House inviting Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor Common, born Lonnie Rashin Lynn Jr., to a poetry event hosted by the first lady on Wednesday night.

During an appearance on Fox News' "On the Record," Palin said, "The White House's judgment on inviting someone who would glorify cop killing during Police Memorial Week, of all times, you know, the judgment, it's just so lacking of class and decency."

In weighing in on the matter, Palin said despite her criticism she's "not a proponent of stifling any kind of free speech." She added, "I'm not anti-rap. In fact, like Bret Baier, I know the lyrics to 'Rapper's Delight,' too. But I am saying just common decency in the White House -- wouldn't we like to see a reflection of all that is wonderful and great, a shining city on a hill that the White House is supposed to be, with events inside of that house that reflect the patriotism and the decency and the influence of America."

The invitation of Common to the White House drew criticism from other Republicans, such as Karl Rove. HuffPost's Jason Linkins reported on controversy swirling over the matter prior to the event earlier this week.

"I would say that, while the president doesn't support the kind of lyrics that have been raised here, we do think that some of these reports distort what Mr. Lynn stands for, more broadly, in order to stoke controversy," said White House spokesman Jay Carney in response to criticism. "One of the things the president appreciates is the work Mr. Lynn has done with children, especially in Chicago, trying to get them to focus on poetry as opposed to some of the negative influences of life on the street."

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Charlie - posted on 05/13/2011

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Where did he glorify a cop killing ?



Not once in the song they are talking about is the cop killing glorified , in fact it isnt even mentioned , it is a story of the life of Asaata , the song IS anti violence but once again a distraction has been made out of falsehood , propaganda and exaggerated truths .



As for the President bush thing ...from the poem burn a bush he never called for the death of bush ....it was all taken from the lyrics :

With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?



Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button



Killing over oil and grease



no weapons of destruction



How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one.



Please it is lyrical stylings with no call to kill like the overly dramatic rantings I have read in the news , people like Palin can twist shit all they like but it just makes them look more ignorant .

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Isobel - posted on 05/14/2011

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Jenn H, please post said lyrics...I do believe you may be mistaken...but poetry can get that way sometimes.

Tah - posted on 05/13/2011

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Well Jenny, that's not true, and many people who haven't heard the song will believe the hype and propaganda....

Jenn - posted on 05/13/2011

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Who cares what Palin said! The New Jersey state police and their union made the biggest uproar about Common as did The New Jersey State Trooper Fraternal Association. that is why the story made news. Palin piped in, as always, because a microphone presented itself to her.

JuLeah - posted on 05/13/2011

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Well, sarah is just stupid, so we can be done with whatever she might say. :) Rap is a fun style of music with many good messages.
Country music, which I love, has often been performed at the White House. Some songs talk about stepping out on your wife, killing your husband, drunk driving, guns, supporting the drunk in yoru life, bailing Mama out of jail again and many other messages I don't find positive.
All music styles have messages we might not all agree are positive ... ohh, remember this one (it's an oldie) "If ya wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife ..." or Run Joey Run a song about a father shooting his daughter .... the John Lennon sung a song about wanting a woman so much, if he couldn't have her, no one could ... it is a violent song and one I would not even want my child to hear .... so, let's not get down on rap, but neg messages in general

Jenn - posted on 05/13/2011

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Well, the rapper glorified the 1977 killing of a police officer by a convicted female domestic terrorist who escaped and is hiding in Cuba. He also called for the death of former President Bush over the lack of finding WMDs. He sends a very mixed message of pro-violence while on the other hand helping children. Pretty slippery slope.

Rosie - posted on 05/12/2011

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i guess i don't know much about this rapper, never heard of him. however if he is an upstanding citizen regardless of his lyrics then what the FUCK is the problem? i get really irritated when people use someones music persona to define them as a person. do we do it with actors?? jason stathom beats the shit out of people on a regular basis on tv, does that mean he's like that in real life? god sarah palin needs to get a life....one that doesn't involve politics, or talking.....

Tawny - posted on 05/12/2011

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Does it surprise you any that Sarah Palin is the one complaining about it... Who cares what she thinks they could be doing what ever at the White House.... yippeee
That woman will complain about anything and everything....

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