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Rapper’s Appearance At White House Stirs Controversy

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Unread 05.16.11, 12:48 AM
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Rapper’s Appearance At White House Stirs Controversy

05.15.11 09:01 PM

First Lady Michelle Obama has received sharp criticism from several conservative figures regarding her decision to invite popular rapper Common to a poetry event at the White House.

Common, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., addressed a group of students at the White House on May 11. The decision to invite him to a government-sponsored event has been questioned following The Daily Caller’s posting of his lyrics from a 2007 song, in which he calls on Americans to “burn a Bush.”

The lyrics are in reference to former President George W. Bush, of whom Common was an outspoken critic.

Furthermore, Common has defended retired pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who was at the center of some controversy during President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Wright, Obama’s former pastor, was shown in videos spewing anti-American and racist comments, prompting the President to distance himself from the clergyman.

In 2008, Common defended Wright by claiming that the pastor “never really was against white people or another race,” according to FOX News.

In response to Common’s appearance at a children’s event, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin sarcastically tweeted, “Oh lovely, White House.”



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Defying critics, rapper and actor Common sprang out at a White House poetry function last night. A part of the White House Music Series, synchronized by Michelle Obama, the function appeared to go off without a hitch. Authorities of the choice of Common were worried it would appear the White House was encouraging violence. With that, Rapper Common advocates non-violence at White House event: read at newsytype.com. Imagine, despite critics concerned that the White House would be encouraging violence by hiring Common to perform, his piece turned out to be anti-violence.
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