Despite protests from conservative leaders, Common still performed Wednesday at the White House’s Poetry Night.
When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama invited Common to perform at the event, held last night, Republican media figures cried foul. Sarah Palin tweeted a link to an article from the Daily Caller, highlighting a poem criticizing President George W. Bush that Common once peformed on "Def Poety Jam" years ago.
Although Common may have some radical lyrics, he’s generally not considered a violent rapper or "a thug" as Carl Rove called him. The lyricist has even performed on "Sesame Street"! For his part, ABC News reports that Common made no mention of the controversy when he took the stage.
In the end, Common performed for the audience, which included school children, without incident and President Obama literally embraced him. As the rapper’s fans have come to expect, Common did a more socially concious piece for the crowd, a portion of which you can watch here.
This was actually Common’s second time working a White House event. In December, he acted as the emcee for the White House Tree Lighting.
Conservatives also had a bone to pick with Jill Scott’s participation at Wednesday’s event. The DrudgeReport dug up a quote, taken out of context, from an Essence.com article about Jill’s views on interracial dating.
“When my friend told me his wife was Caucasian, I felt my spirit wince," Jill wrote in the article, which goes on to explain how she has come to accept such relationships.
The online mudslinging didn’t seem to bother the singer, who was just excited for a chance to perform at the White House for the president and first lady.
"Thank you so much for having me here. I’m really geeked," Jill gushed before launching into a trio of poems on topics ranging from AIDS awareness and the importance of self expression through writing.
"I’m sure the secret service would come yank me up and get out of here if I’m supposed to," Jill joked before reading her third poem of the night titled "Womanifesto."
You can view her reading below when you watch the video from the White House’s Poetry Night below. She comes in around the 22:40 mark.
— Sonya Eskridge