So while Common can be described as a rapper, philanthropist, poet, and actor, Fox News decides the easiest way to shorten that would be to describe him as a “Vile Rapper” yeah GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE WITH THAT BULLSHIT.
White House First Lady, Michelle Obama invited some poets over to the White House for a reading, God forbid Common be on that list to attend. When the Daily Caller discovered on Monday, let’s say they were not cool about it, and did a great job getting everyone else all worked up like haters Sarah Palin and Karl Rowe who wanted to know why the White House wanted anything to do with the “vile rapper.” Common, you see, once released songs with strong language including a pun on “burn a Bush” that criticized the former President’s policy in Iraq. The right dug deeper and also found a lyric referencing violence directed towards a police officer. GET OVER IT it was a song!
Thankfully the White House defended the invitation and Common’s character. In a press conference, Press Secretary Jay Carney pointed out that while the President doesn’t approve of all of Common’s lyrics, he does appreciate his work steering inner city Chicago kids towards poetry and away from drugs or gangs.
Then here comes Fox News. They allowed Karl Rove onto Hannity to talk it out. Pointing out that Common appeared at a presidential event last year and included sexual slurs in his songs, Hannity turned to Rove who sounded like an idiot saying the follow:
Maybe we ought to think about somebody else to invite. But no, they are inviting a guy who called, I repeat, for the previous president to be assassinated, for violence to be committed against police officers. And whose lyrics are sexually explicit and misogynist. This guy is a thug. And why they are inviting him to poetry night at the White House, speaks volumes about President Obama and this White House staff.
But Fox contributors haven’t always thought Common a thug. As Media Matters points out, less than a year ago Fox News spun it differently:
In an October 2010 report for FoxNews.com, reporter Jason Robinson interviewed the “rap legend” and told him, “your music is very positive. And you’re known as the conscious rapper. How important is that to you, and how important do you think that is to our kids?” Common replied that it’s a “significant role. I just try to show who we are as well-rounded people and I’m happy to be known as the conscious artist.”
As of right now Common will be in attendance at the White House tonight and I know he will conduct himself perfectly, but I would love a little stab at Fox News somehow fit in there.
President Obama also chose not to address the Common controversy. (Jay Carney, his press secretary, had already defended the White House’s decision to invite the rapper this afternoon)
Instead, Obama said: “As a nation built on freedom of expression, poets have always played an important role in telling our American story.” “A great poem is one that resonates with us, that challenges us and teaches us something about ourselves and the world that we live in,” he said.