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The Lessons of Lupe Fiasco

The Programming Board has invited Lupe Fiasco to play Green Key weekend — an inspired choice that will change the tone of debate on campus. Not.

Watch the below video to learn that we live in a society that is racist, misogynistic, impedes free speech, allows violence against women, permits the oppression of Palestinians in Gaza, unjustly blamed 9/11 on Muslims, conducts a fraudulent war on terror, unfairly cuts budgets, and allows income inequality. In short, the usual litany of accusations against awful White Men. How about an original thought from the administration for a change?

All that tired rhetoric at a cost to the College of only $130,000 (note: that’s the Programming Board’s total Green Key concert budget).

Addendum: The Review has a good piece on its website on Lupe Fiasco and the machinations of the Programming Board. A fair portion of the piece is devoted to contrasting PB and Friday Night Rock. FNR’s Venue Manager Jordan Kastrinsky ‘16 commented:

“If Friday Night Rock had picked out the show, I can guarantee you it would not have been Lupe Fiasco and Aer. Lupe got critically destroyed at several Ivy League schools.”

Indeed, Lupe Fiasco - who has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards - received negative reviews from his performance at Columbia University’s April 12 Bacchanal. David Ecker of The Columbia Spectator’s music blog Slightly Off Key noted that “unfortunately for all those attending Bacchanal, passion was painfully absent from Lupe Fiasco’s set. He seemed content to let his DJ serve as the evening’s main musical entertainment while selectively doubling only some of his most well-known lines. In some ways, it was like watching a cover band, except that in this case the record was doing most of the covering. Lupe seemed far more passionate when calling the female members of the audience ‘bitches’ and calling out Columbia students for being ‘trust-fund kids’ than he was while actually performing his songs.”


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