The celebration of the Arts will continue at the White House tomorrow when Common and Jill Scott head to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate American poetry.

On Wednesday, the rapper and soultress will join legends Elizabeth Alexander, Aimee Mann, Jill Scott, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Bill Collins and Rita Dove. The group will perform in front of the First Couple.

Everyone has not met news of Common’s date with the White House with enthusiasm. Almost on cue, Fox News put out post on their “Fox Nation” website calling the rapper “vile.” According to Fox:

First Lady Michelle Obama has scheduled a poetry evening for Wednesday, and she’s invited several poets, including a successful Chicago poet and rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA “Common.” However, Lynn is quite controversial, in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the “burn[ing]” of then-President George W. Bush.


In an article for The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf points out that this is not the first time a President has been criticized for his music choices. He writes:

Alas, President Obama is far from the first American leader to favorably highlight performers who’ve sung bawdy lyrics. In an interview about his iPod, President George W. Bush once revealed some of his favorite illegally downloaded songs, including one with the lyrics, “Such a dirty mind/I always get it up/for the touch/of the younger kind.”

Despite Fox’s outcry, this is not the first time Common has performed in front of the first couple. During last year’s mid-term elections, Common hosted a rally in Chicago’s Hyde Park for President Obama in support of Democrats running in local elections. Common also hosted the White House’s annual tree lighting ceremony last year.

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