In the great tradition of rap feuds, this one definitely is not as violent as some past conflicts, but it sure is escalating just as quickly. First Lady Michelle Obama raised some conservative eyebrows by inviting the rapper Commonto a poetry event at the White House. And that was enough to trigger a wave of outrage.
First it was the conservative website Daily Caller that recognized Common was a controversial guest to invite, “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.” Then the Fox News website Fox Nation reacted with a headline labeling Common to be a “vile rapper.” And Sarah Palin weighed in too, tweeting in reaction to the Daily Caller’s story “Oh lovely, White House…”
Yet CNN commentator Roland Martin notes “not even casual hip hop fans would characterize Common as a controversial rapper.” Additionally, Common has frequently appeared on Def Poetry Jam and has acted in many mainstream films including American Gangster, Wanted and Date Night.
So far the First Lady has remained silent, but Common took to Twitter to respond to all of his new “fans.” Common responded “So apparently Sarah Palin and Fox News doesn’t like me.” He also laughed at the description of himself as “vile.” With Donald Trump’s popularity fading, might Palin now desire picking up Trump’s strange habit of feuding with celebrities?
- Common & Sarah Palin Feud Over White House Poetry Reading [Dirt Bag (After Dark)] (jezebel.com)
- Sarah Palin Rips Michelle Obama, Common (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Conservatives Terrified of the Rapper ‘Common’ [Video] (gawker.com)
- Common is a “Vile Rapper” Now? (current.com)
- Conservatives upset over rapper Common’s White House invite (cbsnews.com)
- Why Is Sarah Palin Suddenly Bashing Rapper-Actor Common? (eonline.com)
- Fox News Attacks Rapper Common Over White House Invite (rollingstone.com)
- Fox News Attacks Rapper Common Over White House Invite (politicore.wordpress.com)
- POETIC LICENSE: Common’s W.H. visit causes a stir (politico.com)