Common Performs at the White House

  • Aired:  05/12/11
  •  | Views: 116,791

Common's performance angers those who huff the heady mix of character assassination and manufactured outrage, known as Foxygen. (2:41)

>> Jon: GOOD EVENING!

WELCOME TO THE "DAILY SHOW" MY

NAME IS JON STEWART.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

TONIGHT.

WE HAVE A TERRIFIC PROGRAM FOR

YOU.

THE LOVELY KRISTEN WIIG WILL BE

JOINING US FROM "S.N.L.," AND

ALSO-- YOU KNOW, SHE ACTUALLY IS

IN A MOVIE THAT'S COMING OUT

THIS WEEKEND.

IN FACT, IT SEEMS ALMOST EVERY

TIME THESE INCREDIBLY TALENTED

PEOPLE STOP BY TO SAY HELLO TO

ME FOR FIVE MINUTES, THEY

COINCIDENTALLY HAVE A MOVIE

COMING OUT THAT SAME-- I DON'T

KNOW HOW IT WORKS OUT THAT WAY,

BUT IT... IT...

( LAUGHTER )

REAL QUICK.

AS YOU KNOW, LAST NIGHT, THERE

WAS A POETRY READING AT THE

WHITE HOUSE.

I BELIEVE IT WAS THE FIRST

POETRY READING AT THE WHITE

HOUSE SINCE BILL CLINTON'S

INFAMOUS 1996 CELEBRATION "A

NIGHT WITH THE MAN FROM

NANTUCKET.

" BUT AMERICAN POETS, YOUNG AND

OLD, SPOKE OUT ABOUT A WIDE

VARIETY OF SUBJECTS FROM THE

IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES

TO MEMORIES OF A FAVORITE

TEACHER TO HOW HARD IT IS TO

FIND A NICE BLAZER ON SHORT

NOTICE.

( LAUGHTER )

EH( BLEEP ).

IT'S TONIGHT?

DOES THAT'S WALLPAPER COME OFF?

LAUGH AND OF COURSE, THE

PROGRESSIVE RAPPER COMMON, WHO

WAS THE SUBJECT OF FOX NEWS

CHANNEL'S LATEST EXERCISE IN

FITS OF HISSY, HE PERFORMED TO

THEIR CHAGRIN, SPOKE OUT ABOUT

COMMUNITIES TRYING TO OVERCOME A

CULTURE OF VIOLENCE TO OBTAIN A

MORE POSITIVE FUTURE.

OF COURSE, THAT'S HOW PEOPLE

WOULD INTERPRET HIS PERFORMANCE.

FOR THOSE WHO HUFF ONLY THE

HEADY MIX OF PARTISAN HACKRY,

CHARACTER ASSASSINATION, AND

MANUFACTURED OUTRAGE, KNOWN AS

"FOXYGEN"--

( LAUGHTER )

IT LOOKED A LITTLE--

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

WE HIGH-FIVED WHEN WE CAME UP

WITH THAT ONE.

( LAUGHTER )

COMMON'S PERFORMANCE LOOKED A

LITTLE MORE LIKE THIS

♪ AND NOW BLACK, Y'ALL, AND NOW,

BLACK Y'ALL, AND NOW ♪ ♪

>> Jon: WHY WOULD THEY INVITE

SOMEBODY WHO IS GOING TO BLOW UP

THE ENTIRE BUILDING?

( LAUGHTER )

YOU KNOW, YOU GET THE SENSE WHEN

WH FOX NEWS HOSTS AND PUNDITS

ARE DONE WITH THEIR PROGRAMS

THEY LOOK BOTH WA

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