Lupe Fiasco Raises A Good Question

I’ll start by saying this.  I’m not here for Lupe Fiasco.  I mean, I was cool with him for a minute, but then he started acting out and I had to get rid of him in the racial draft.  I think we traded him for like Bubba Sparxxx or something.

HOWEVER, and it pains me to say this, I am on the same page with Mr. Fiasco with this particular sentiment.

Hip Hop artist Lupe Fiasco has something to say about the recent Justin Bieber racist rap tape double-hitter. Lupe thinks the Bieber has been let off way too easy following his racist recordings. Moreover, Fiasco is disgusted that so many of African Americans have come quickly to his defense.

The pop icon has been in deep trouble since last week when the two leaked videos showed him using the N-word and singing about joining the Ku Klux Klan and murdering African Americans.

Almost immediately, Young Money’s Mack Maine and Lil Wayne, as well as boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Bieber’s mentor Usher chimed in to show their support for Bieber throughout the scandal.

Lupe Fiasco, however, says that this is only because of Bieber’s pop star status. No one else, he contends, would be given a pass like this.

Fiasco even compared Bieber’s comments to former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s statements made on a leaked tape on which he was also heard making racist comments.

Fiasco told MTV: “Justin Bieber said it (so) it’s cool, and people are already coming to his defense. I don’t think anybody should be allowed to profit off racism. Donald Sterling made a billion dollars (when) he sold the team, and there was such an uproar about somebody who didn’t use the N-word at all, but then you have somebody who made a very racist joke about it.

Very good point.  Also, it’s probably worth noting that while Bieber absolutely knew he was being recorded, and was still comfortable with saying such things, Donald Sterling did think he was talking privately.

Don’t take that as a defense of Donald Sterling, it most definitely isn’t, but it raises the question of why was Bieber given such a huge pass?

Lupe goes on to say:

“I wonder if Justin Bieber’s gonna get the same treatment as Donald Sterling? I don’t think he will… It’s an absurd thing. You get somebody who we ‘like’ who says it, and says it even more ‘racist-ier’ and we don’t bat an eyelash at it.”

Bieber was also defended by none other than 50 Cent, who claimed that Bieber just “lost” himself during his quick ascent up the ladder of fame.

“I don’t think he’s a racist. I don’t think even he knows who he is at this point – he’s so young,” 50 told Britain’s The Sun. “When you see people become huge stars real early, it’s tough for them. You have to grow up with all these expectations. I think Justin’s still a baby and he’s lost.”

What do you think? Is 50 Cent right? Is Bieber just “finding himself”? Or is Lupe Fiasco right to call Bieber and his defenders out?

Again.  Very good points.  Now.  I’m not saying that I would expect these celebrities to come out and bash Justin Bieber, but it is interesting how quick they were to jump on the “he’s good” train.

I don’t want to hear about his age.  He was old enough to know exactly the power of the word.  Am I suggesting that there be a protest against Justin Bieber?  That people ban together and trash him?  No, I am not.  But I do think we shouldn’t be so quick to publicly excuse the behavior.

Either way, he’s since apologized, and has gotten baptized. So I guess that’s that.

As the world turns.