Common Reads Poetry At The White House, Sarah Palin Whines About It
Sarah Palin, the mother of the world’s most famous plastic surgery laden, reality show-starring teen mom, pitched a fit this week because First Lady Michelle Obama invited the hip hop artist/actor/poet, Common, to perform poetry at the White House.
See, some of Common’s lyrics are not as G-rated as everything the Palin family does, like killing animals, surgically altering their facial features “for medical reasons” and getting knocked up whilst still in high school. Palin and her conservative cronies were darn tootin’ mad about one of Common’s poems, “Letter To The Law” (NSFW), which is critical of cops’ treatment of African Americans, talks about carrying a gun, and has a line about Saddam and another line about burning Bush (or maybe bush). Sarah Palin sarcastically tweeted, “Oh lovely White House,” and called him “vile,” while Karl Rove went on Sean Hannity’s program and called Common a “thug.”
Thug? Racist phrasing much?
The White House Press spokesperson responded:
“While the president doesn’t support the kind of lyrics raised here, we do think some of the reports distort what [Common] stands for more broadly in order to stoke controversy. He is within the genre of hip hop and rap in what’s known as a conscious rapper. [Obama appreciates the way Common tries to get children interested in poetry] as opposed to some of the negative influences of life on the street.”
Check out the poem this “thug” performed at the White House. It’s totally safe for work. But perhaps not for racially inflammatory idiots.
UPDATE, 3:40p.m.: Hey, it’s Jessica. I just wanted to step in and quell the fires a little. I was trying to make a point in my intro that Sarah Palin is giving crap to Common — a poet, musician, and actor, which are all jobs that I think deserve to be held in high esteem and not subject to politicization — when her own personal life/family/political career is a nonstop sh*tshow. Who — Sarah Palin with all her baggage or Common with his politically charged poem — has more to be ashamed about? I’d say Sarah Palin, hands down. My point was to say she should look at her embarrassing self first before opening her mouth and smearing Common. I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear.
As for laying into Bristol Palin as well? Bristol is a public figure herself who has appeared on television many times: “Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Dancing With The Stars,” and now her new reality show. Bristol also tours the country accepting money to preach about abstinence and she’s been on numerous magazine covers. Again: she’s a public figure. She’s not a minor, or purposefully trying to hide from the limelight, and therefore her actions, speeches and general behavior are fair game to comment on. Ultimately, though, we’re going to have to agree to disagree about what’s worthy of criticism.