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The Fiasco Factor-Lupe Fiasco calls Presidential Obama a Terrorist

Hip Hop artist, Lupe Fiasco defends calling President Obama a terrorist on the O'Reilly Factor
"My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America. I'm trying to fight the terrorism that's actually causing the other forms of terrorism. You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen."
- Lupe Fiasco, in an interview June 2011

The age old battle continues...  The older, conservative traditionalist vs. the younger, idealistic, political rebel meeting on the battlefield of broadcast media. Their debate, almost deemed an American past time, aired earlier this week when hip hop superstar and activist, Lupe Fiasco appeared on Bill O'Reilly's highly-viewed, "O'Reilly Factor" to discuss comments the rapper made recently when he compared President Barack Obama to a "terrorist" in an interview with hip hop Godfather, Russell Simmons. Lupe Fiasco (who's real name is Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) spoke with O'Reilly about his comments with Simmons, the state of U.S. foreign policies and getting to the root of the violent actions by terrorist organizations like Al Queda against Americans. The outspoken musician also challenged O'Reilly's stance on America's presence inside of Afghanistan. Their main opposition with this issue lies with Lupe's understanding that we were suppose to invade Afghanistan in order to find Osama Bin Laden whereas O'Reilly believes the U.S. went in to the country in order to remove an Afghan government that was working with Al Queda and was responsible for funding the terrorist organization and their plots on 9/11.

Watch the interview:

Much of their debate is very similar to many disagreements between two outspoken individuals with opposing political views. Bill O'Reilly is a well-known political conservative that believes in America and supports many of the actions by the U.S. military as it pertains to the war efforts overseas. Lupe Fiasco is known for his anti-establishment views while aligning himself with no political group affiliation. He feels that America prompts such violent acts from terrorist organizations, which he believes, is a problem that lies within U.S. foreign policies. Despite his strong political opinions, Fiasco said he does not vote in U.S. elections or involve himself in U.S. politics, which he calls "meaningless."

Whether or not you support Bill's or Lupe's stance in this interview, is irrelevant. The debate will continue on. Lupe Fiasco is "re-ushering" in hip hop's political voice within mainstream consciousness and I personally applaud The O'Reilly Factor for allowing Lupe to not only explain his comments about President Obama, but to voice his stance politically. At the end of the interview, Bill jokingly exchanged words with the rapper about possibly changing the name of his show to "The Fiasco Factor" where Lupe laughingly agreed to the notion. And then he thanked the MC for appearing on his show and Lupe returned his thanks. And that's how all debates should end. We will never all agree as a whole no matter if the subject is political or otherwise. But even if two people are on opposite ends of an issue, it's great to see them come together to LISTEN and begin to understand where each other are coming from. And that's all we can ask for.

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