Common Discusses President Obama's Support When Fox News Called Him "Vile"

Common recalls being shocked at "vile rapper" comments, says he'll always have love for President Obama and the First Lady.

In May 2011, after it was announced that Chicago rapper Common was invited to the White House to attend a poetry reading, the musician was met with harsh criticism from “The O’Reilly Factor” host Bill O’Reilly and others at Fox News.

The news network labeled the Windy City lyricist as “vile,” a moment the Nobody's Smiling crafter says was “a super shock.” While addressing the backlash in a newly-released interview, he says he was surprised by the remarks, but eventually recognized that Fox News’ criticism was their attempt to “get at the president.”

“Man, that was a super shock,” he said during an interview with Vlad TV. “I remember I was working on this movie called Love and I started getting some text messages saying ‘Man, don’t worry about what they saying about you.’ I was thinking they was talking about some gossip shit. You know? I’m like ‘Aight, what they saying?’ Then I got word that Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, whoever else in the news was saying ‘Aw man, Common is a vile rapper. [He’s] an anti-police rapper.’ I was like ‘man.’ It was really surprising to me, but then I recognized who it was coming from."

Common later revealed that the criticism from Fox News came shortly after a Fox news station praised the rapper for being a quality artist in an interview they conducted with him.

“And it was ironically enough two weeks before that they had did—Somebody from Fox News or Fox local news had did an interview about how quality of an artist I was,” he said. “So, I just felt—Eventually I understood that I got caught up in the crossfire of Fox News trying to get at the president. President Obama and the First Lady. But thank God they stood strong and was like ‘Hey, he’s still coming to the White House. We know who he is’… [We] actually went to the same church at one point, which was Trinity United Church of Christ, so I’m connected. I love the president and the First Lady. I’m gonna stand with them no matter what.”

Fox News’ criticism of Common came shortly after the news network became aware of the rapper’s record, “A Song For Assata.” Assata Shakur was a member of the Black Panther Party and godmother to the late Tupac Shakur. She is currently listed on FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists List.


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  • Anonymous

    O'Reilly isn't racist but he is stupid. Really wish Fox would get rid of him.

  • fugit

    Bill O Reiley is nothing but a bigot. He tries to bash rappers like Ludacris, Common, Lupe yet he bigs up a guy like Howard Stern who does nothing but say and do inappropriate shit. You gotta just ignore a guy like O Reiley because in reality he can't even relate with the world around him. You think O Reiley can get a kid in urban America to listen to him or you think he even cares about kids in the streets? Hell no. Common actually does make a didderence and reaches out, not just with his music but in person. O Reiley probably has his own skeletons in his closet, such as cheating on his wife (possibly with a man he might be an undercover fruitcake lol). Fuck Bill O Reiley and anyone like him. Common keep doin ya thang bruh!

  • Anonymous

    yep, he a house nigga.

  • da Mayor of MN

    I wish bill o reily would get cancer and die

  • Anonymous

    Niggas said Common was vile??? Goes to show you how racist Fox News really is lmao how the fuck you think Common is vile? Just because he's a rapper?

  • Anonymous

    typical black person submitting to the US government that is wearing blatant blackface. guess race politics is enough to brainwash you out of thinking for your own mind. children -- so easily amused!

    • A

      if you going to dismiss people as "dumber than shit" with your foul mouth, you'll remain in your enclosed bubble and never grow as a person. what are you a 12 year old girl? "eewwww! timmy is icky!!!" open your mind.

    • JRich

      What the fuck did you type? Like what were you trying to convey? That you're dumber than shit?

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