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Appearing on Katie Couric World 3.0, Fiasco admitted that many people in the industry turned their backs on him once he called President Obama a terrοrist in 2011.
“I was immediately blackballed,” Fiasco told Couric. “I lost a lot of friends… Board members of my foundation [Lupe Fiasco Foundation] stepped down. I lost a lot of sponsorships. I had people threαten me.”
Fiasco also says there’s nothing all that awe-inspiring about being Pres. Barack Obama.
“My black president is Nelson Mandela. Africa has always had black presidents so, my scale, being a black president isn’t anything new. It’s new to America, yes, but I’m a global citizen, I look around the world. So my bar is someone who really fought for peace. Not someone who’s continuing wars around the world.”
Even given what he’s been through, when asked whether he regrets the comments, Fiasco answered with an unequivocal “No.”
Fiasco made clear that his criticism was not just for Obama, but for George W. Bush as well. He doesn’t understand why it’s somehow OK to criticize Bush but out of bounds to criticize Obama.
“We don’t mind pointing a finger at [George W. Bush],” he said, “but when we get [Obama] who, unfortunately, has to carry on some of those same policies, but he’s a great guy, it becomes a weird place for people to kind of critique.”