In the past few weeks, though, we've been surprised that the hip-hop artist Common has been at the center of a sociopolitical controversy of some importance. It seems he was invited to a poetry reading at the White House by Michelle Obama, which enraged some of our most important deep-thinkers. It was all about Common's belief that Assata Shakur, who was convicted of killing a police officer in 1977, was falsely accused. Common has also criticized former President George W. Bush about some war or another.
Television person Sean Hannity characterized Common as being "pro-cop killer," while inveterate newspaper and magazine reader Sarah Palin said "the judgment is just so lacking of class and decency and all that's good about America with an invite like this."
Well, once "all that's good about America"--which is mostly Framed, let's face it!--was brought into it, we had no choice but to respond by putting the besieged artist in our blog this week. Our video is 2007's "Drivin' Me Wild," which features the great British songstress Lily Allen. We're trying to determine if Ms. Allen is also a scary black thug who threatens us all; we'll get back to you on that next week.