Jon Stewart on Fox's Freakout Over Rapper Common: 'I Just Feel Sorry for You Guys Now'
This week, Fox News' Sean Hannity had a freakout over the fact that Michelle Obama invited the rapper Common to last night's poetry night at the White House, saying Common's lyric about Bush was 'vile.' Here's the lyric:
"Burn a Bush cuz for peace he no push no button/ killing over oil and grease/ no weapons of mass destruction/ how can we follow a leader when this is a corrupt one?"
Anyone who even casually listens to hip-hop knows that targeting Common, of all people, is the most ridiculous and absurd thing imaginable -- this is a dude who's practically one step away from quoting bell hooks, and who took crap in the rap community for years for being perceived as a peace-and-love hippie (the crocheted caps helped). Not to mention that the above 'offensive' lyric is hardly that, a fact perceivable by anyone who can read.
So last night on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart took on Fox hypocrisy to brilliant effect, not only pointing out that the so-called inflammatory language Hannity was raging over is blatheringly common on their channel -- Sarah Palin, anyone? -- but that musical guests that Bush honored when he was in office had much more violent lyrics than Common. Two words: Johnny Cash. Check it out: