Common’s Conservatism

May 12 2011 @ 12:59pm

Karl Rove ups the right-wing uproar over the White House hosting the rapper Common by calling him a "thug". Ta-Nehisi sighs:

Ari Melber (and a couple commenters) point out that the interesting thing about Common being attacked, is that one of his best known songs is about as pro-Life as it gets. "Retrospect for Life" always struck me as being of that variety of pop art as "Knocked Up." People end up in situations where abortion is often the outcome, but the art gives us a bundle of joy because it's a result we find a lot more pleasing. Or, to be less cynical, its art which reflects the world as we wish it was, as opposed to how it is.

Common's performance from last night is here.