UPDATE #3: Lupe engages Bill O'Reilly in a debate about the occupation of Afghanistan, and says he was not trying to simply undermine President Obama.
No stranger to controversy, FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly recently weighed in on Lupe Fiasco’s comments regarding President Obama as “the biggest terrorist.” After the Chicago, Illinois rapper declined to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor,” the show’s host lashed out at Lu, branding him a “pinhead.”
“Mr. Fiasco has been invited on ‘The Factor’ but has declined, possibly because he could not possibly defend that remark, which makes him a pinhead,” he said during his “Pinheads & Patriots” segment. “Now the reason I say I wish I was named Lupe Fiasco, wouldn't it be great, ‘The Fiasco Factor?’ I mean, it would be tremendous.”
Lu responded to his claims, stating that he would "NEVER turn down the opp to push billys buttons!"
Lupe previously defended his comments, explaining that he had “nothing to clarify. “It's funky because everybody's pulling soundbites from this one interview that we did, but they don't talk about anything else from the interview. [...] So it's really about, 'What do people want to listen to?' It's not what I want to talk about, cause I want to talk about all types of shit... there wasn't the same reaction about me having a book club... about me trying to promote literacy in a country with 50 million functioning illiterates walking around, because we have a failed and flawed education system."
Whoa! I got invited to the O'reilly factor and turned it down??? Thats news to me...would NEVER turn down the opp to push billys buttons!
UPDATE: According to The LupEND Blog, Lupe will be taping an interview for "The O'Reilly Factor" today, with the episode airing next week. HipHopDX will keep you updated.
UPDATE #2: In anticipation of the interview airing tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX News, Lupe Fiasco attempts to explain to Bill O’Reilly why he made his controversial comments calling President Obama “the biggest terrorist.” An advance clip from the show sees the FOX pundit trying to understand what Lu meant.
“To put it into context, I was asked about a song I did called ‘Words I Never Said,’ which addresses the war on terrorism,” says Lupe. “So the statement that I made, which was ‘I believe that the biggest terrorist is Obama and the United States of America and its foreign policy,’ that was what the whole context of everything was. And there’s really just an expression of me trying to understand, critically, the society.”
Lupe’s full appearance is below.