White House Defends Common

As conservatives continue to vilify Common as a violent hatemonger, a White House spokesman has vindicated the decision to include the rapper/actor in an upcoming poetry event.

As XXLMag.com previously reported, Fox News and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin have blasted Common, who was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to appear at a White House event yesterday afternoon (May 11) dedicated to celebrating American poetry.

Fox News pundit Sean Hannity devoted a segment of his show to the issue, dubbing Com a “controversial rapper and poet” with a “running list of controversial comments” and claiming that the Obama administration “will never learn its lesson.”

In a press conference, Press Secretary Jay Carney said that while President Barack Obama opposes and “has spoken very forcefully out against violent and misogynist lyrics,” he supports the Grammy-winning artist’s many positive contributions to hip-hop and poetry at large. Carney also noted that it’s “ironic” to select out hateful lyrics from a rapper who is widely considered positive and socially aware.

“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 a controversy,” Carney said. “Within the genre of hip-hop and rap, [Common] is what’s known as a conscience rapper — or a conscious rapper, rather. And I would quote a report just six months ago from Fox News where he was described as a rap legend and quote, ‘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?’”

Carney said the President has also taken note of Common’s extensive work with youth.

“I think that one of the things that the President appreciates is the work that Mr. Lynn has done with children, especially in Chicago,” Carney said, “trying to get them to focus on poetry, as opposed to some of the negative influences of life on the street.” —Lauren Carter

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    “I think that one of the things that the President appreciates is the work that Mr. Lynn has done with children, especially in Chicago,”

    Carney said, “trying to get them to focus on poetry, as opposed to some of the negative influences of life on the street.

  • alderman j

    SARAH PALIN IS WORTHLESS, HER AND THE TEA PARTY ARE RACIST!!!

  • Phil

    People are so ignorant. Common’s good faaaaar outweighs his bad or what little negative taken things he has done or said. The people that hate on him know nothing about Common besides what they quickly googled and read about and listened to a couple of his songs.

  • Jay Dee

    How many different ways are they gonna come up with a replacement for the word nigga!!!! Here it is we have a Black President who in they eyes can’t do nothing right and this after 8 years of a babbling idiot running shit. Common may not be a Gangsta as the media portrays but they have a good reason to stop him if he’s doing something positive now if he had 10 baby mama’s then they would have praised his arrival because then there was something truthful to talk about . Stop watching fox if they keep offending you I am going to keep watching so that i can keep up with they ass. Plus Sarah Palin is retarded oops my mistake RETARDED AS FUCC!!!! she talking about values but her whore ass daughter poppin that cock all over the country now she about to move in with a nigga herself.SMDH

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      You should be ashamed of yourself….now take that cock outta ya mouth……I swear if I catch you doing that again I’m gonna shove ya head so far up ya ass you won’t know whether you’re burping or farting….gayboy……yo mamma!

  • hiphopdoc

    Big ups to John Stewart for calling out Fox News out on their hypocritical bullshit. Ted Nugent talked about Obama while holding a damn machine gun and Sean Hannity defended him calling him his friend

  • tee d

    hiphopdoc u right i seen it too, that shit was funny..especially when john started spitting rhymes…lololol

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