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Cee-Lo flips bird, drops F-bomb at Obama fundraiser

AP photo

AP photo

Cee-Lo Green’s infectious chart-topping song “(Blank) You” can’t be played in its original form on FM stations and it can’t be quoted exactly in a family newspaper. But it can be played at a presidential fundraiser, evidently.

Here’s a link to a video clip of Green dropping the F-bomb and giving the one-finger salute during a Friday fundraiser in Atlanta for President Barack Obama. Obama had a number of fundraising stops here that day, and was not present during Green’s time on stage. The AJC did have a reporter at the event but he also did not witness the performance as reporters were held in a separate location at the time. A pool reporter who was granted access to the room said he was not close enough to the stage to hear clearly.

The video clip is pretty clear, though. On commercial airwaves Green’s song has been rendered into the more family-friendly “Forget You,” but the clip shows him launching into the unedited version.

The artist exuberantly previewed his performance ahead of time, tweeting: “ATL is FIRED UP for President Barack Obama tonight! I’m performing, Tyler Perry (is) hosting. You in for #Obama2012?”

But after his unedited version of the song, a fellow tweeter scolded, ”You have no class at all, very disrespectful tonight. #TheVoice should be ashamed of you right now.”

(Green’s repertoire now includes a role on the reality show “The Voice.”)

Green tweeted in response, “Well (they’re) not!” and added, “it was a mistake sir.” But he didn’t seem too broken up, going on to tweet, “All of you heard the song a thousand times so don’t get all saint on me.”

Green’s Twitter profile photo is a cartoon rendition of him standing strategically in front of his controversial lyrics.

Do you think the performance was in poor taste, or was he simply exercising his First Amendment rights?

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz

309 comments Add your comment

Chi Town

March 19th, 2012
9:15 am

This would be too easy so not even gonna try……

Muriel

March 19th, 2012
9:16 am

I’m so embarrassed…SMH!

Trey

March 19th, 2012
9:17 am

So, I’m guessing he was cussing at Obama and shooting the bird at Obama?

can't win here.....

March 19th, 2012
9:18 am

you know how this will go….3 camps…1) those who say poor taste will be called racists, 2) those who will defend his “free speech” and call those who disagree racists 3) Those who don’t care and tell everyone else to get a life….am I wrong?

Get It Right

March 19th, 2012
9:22 am

We have lyrics using profane language, very disrespectful hand gestures, and a President who does not disapprove of either. Mr. Green, I’m not “getting all saint on you”. The lack of civility and respect for others displayed at this event is both shocking and expected. I’m not sure which is more depressing.

pw

March 19th, 2012
9:22 am

People be adults. It’s a song and trust me, the President knew it was going to be performed and apparently the adult that he is, had no problem with it. Folks get all worked up about something silly like this but have nothing to say about education, hunger and child prostitution. Get over yourselves.

Scooter

March 19th, 2012
9:24 am

The White House put out a t-shirt that said “Healthcare is a BFD”, so nothing really new here when it comes to class.

rgprice

March 19th, 2012
9:26 am

he should have done the edited version. There is a time and place for everything. That was not the time and place for that version and yes, I’m black as they come.

howard

March 19th, 2012
9:27 am

I am a fan but it was in poor taste.

Michelle Obama

March 19th, 2012
9:29 am

Cee low, is low class for this kind of garbage. And Obama is no better if he knowingly allow this to happen. As for Voice it is a thing of the past for me, as long as cee low in on./

Chess

March 19th, 2012
9:30 am

No story here…move along people…..

Pete

March 19th, 2012
9:32 am

Just another in a long line of uneducated barbarian dopes who appeals to the very same.
Beyond disgusting in a civilized world.

Trixie

March 19th, 2012
9:34 am

Sometimes exercising free speech is in poor taste!

Reality Check

March 19th, 2012
9:35 am

Goes to show that what’s on TV ain’t the real thing. Also shows the type person B.O. hangs with and apparently approves of. He’ll probably be the next guest performer at the White House on our dime….

St Simons - we're on Island time

March 19th, 2012
9:36 am

heheh – I see CeeLo hit a f-ew wingnut targets ^^^

get em, CeeLo. Yes We Can hahahaha

RxDawg

March 19th, 2012
9:37 am

I’m more upset about Cee-Lo raising money for Obama then I am about dropping the F-bomb. lol

Seriously, if this wasn’t a children’s place then I could care less. F em Cee-Lo.

Shels

March 19th, 2012
9:37 am

Not the place or the time, thought he might have been smarter than that.

Jt

March 19th, 2012
9:38 am

Scooter you’re an idiot, and very ignorant. The White House didn’t put out that T-shirt. The White House doesn’t print t-shirts you dummy.

norap

March 19th, 2012
9:41 am

The office of the President should always be shown respect. Part of our problem today is the total lack of what words are used in rap and sending these inappropriate attitude messages to our young people. Why not try and teach them quality things in life and educate them to be responsible. Instead, this so called “celebrity” is doing just the opposite of trying to advance the youth of this country and acting like an immature teenager himself. Typical of many “celebrities”.

hellinahandbasket

March 19th, 2012
9:45 am

lyrics and actions like this show just how no talent these ‘artists’ are. what a loser

JOE COOL

March 19th, 2012
9:47 am

What the article left out was that when he realized he used the “f” word, he switched up and used the “forget you”……

justin

March 19th, 2012
9:48 am

Why was this song chosen in the first place? Very poor taste Cee-lo

Lynn

March 19th, 2012
9:48 am

First of all he is the President of the United States- he is not the production assistant nor is he the person who approves or disapproves of entertainment. What did you expect him to do stand up and and so no we shouldnt’ allow this type of profanity to be played? Please! The President of the US has been called worse and treated with such disrespect by racist, hypocrites on a regular basis. To tell you the truth I wish he could say what CEE LO Green said in his song. I dont see anyone standing and saying the racist comments, ignorant bantor and flat out lies are people who have no class.
Get a grip people!!

justin

March 19th, 2012
9:49 am

vladamir sonovabitch

March 19th, 2012
9:44 am

How about shutting the “F” up!

OBAMA 2012!

windu

March 19th, 2012
9:50 am

I was there. Halfway through the opening chorus, Cee-Lo switched to the sanitized “Forget You” version after someone off stage told him to cool it (you can see him look to his left and sheepishly nod in the video). By the way, the President was still at the fundraiser in Midtown while Cee-Lo performed and didn’t show up for another hour. The President and his staff don’t put on the fundraisers (even though they get the cash, heh) or have control over the song selection by performers, and even if they did, they can’t keep the performer from cursing can they? But the “Blame Obama for everything” crowd would blame an earthquake on him, so whatever. (By the way, you guys do realize that SuperPACs pay people to trash Obama on these online message boards, right? Yes, these trolls are paid.)

Cynthia

March 19th, 2012
9:50 am

I think his performance was in poor taste. The song should have used the edited lyric played on the radio airwaves. Cee-Lo showed a lack of respect for President Obama, Tyler Perry and all the attendees. The one finger salute was totally ridiculous and shameful.

Lynne

March 19th, 2012
9:51 am

Was it dedicated to the right-wing teabaggers?

Not Surprised

March 19th, 2012
9:51 am

Cee-Lo like O’Bama have a lot of Class………..
TOO BAD IT’S ALL LOW!

Hemustbecrazy

March 19th, 2012
9:53 am

Very poor taste demonstrated by Mr. Green. That was not the venue for his original version.

Watch out Obama yo mamma will scam you

March 19th, 2012
9:54 am

Is it in Poor taste……hmmmmmmmmm….everything rappers rap is in poor taste. Everyting the President has done in his first and last term in office has been in poor taste……..does that answer your question Ms. Brett?

Scary Scary

March 19th, 2012
9:54 am

I am less concerned about what a fat, no talent, one hit wonder like Cee Lo says and does than I am about the lack of comment from the WH.

Tyler Perry Fan

March 19th, 2012
9:56 am

Cee-Lo got rich performing this kind of music. Obama got elected by embracing all things which appeal to Cee-Lo’s fans. Tyler Perry should be embarrassed.

What do you expect?

March 19th, 2012
9:56 am

What do you expect at an Obama fundraiser held in Atlanta?

Jarrod

March 19th, 2012
9:58 am

I was at the Fund Raiser and I was 100% certain that out of all the wonderful things that happened that evening this one curse word would make the news… The economy is recovering, The President had not been here in 18 months, the gala was a life changing experience. And we get an article about Cee-Lo using the F word like we are not all adults…. 2 Middle Fingers up to todays media.

tom

March 19th, 2012
10:01 am

Ce Lo, do something about your weight before it kills you. Your talent can live on if you want it to.

S

March 19th, 2012
10:01 am

Hey pw, how do you know that the people you are putting down DON’T get upset about the other ills you mentioned? This was a PRESIDENTIAL EVENT and this low life dropped the F-Bomb several times.It’s this rationalization that just takes this society down one more peg in the de-evolution stage. Rise up, be better!

TP Fan?

March 19th, 2012
10:03 am

You’re a fan of a man who dressed like a lady to gain fame and fortune… Not to mention the over the top sterotypical roles in his movies. Pot meet kettle…

Watch out Obama yo mamma will scam you

March 19th, 2012
10:03 am

Just remember…….if Vanilla Ice was at a President Bush fundraiser saying that stuff…..OMG…..Let’s begin….Al, only some people’s pal, Sharpton and Jesse, the slogan master, Jackson would have flew to LA to pick up Gloria Allred…..then to San Fran to get Nancy…..then to a remote island to bring back Cynthia McKinney, next they would fly to NYC to pick up the Good morning America liberal commentators and also Brian “thrill up my leg” Williams… then finally all of them would have landed at ATL ready to protest, impeach, throw out of office, and many other things to President Bush…….NOT the song artist…because according the media George Bush forced him at gunpoint to say those words and give that gesture…….BUT ladies and Gentlemen…….NO Worries…..it was an OBAMA yo Mamma fundraiser….therefore, Americans just get over it!!!!

PatD

March 19th, 2012
10:06 am

What’s with all these dumb, disrespectful so called ‘artists’ that think it’s cool to flip the bird and drop the F bomb. It truly shows their intelligence, lack of proper upbringing and the juvenile attitude of the hip-hop community at large.

It is me

March 19th, 2012
10:06 am

I believe in free speech . . matters not who says it. I don’t care if it offends someone or not (or groups of people) because free speech would allow them to rebute. There was a time people could say what was on their mind and I think that should be the case now, because what we have now is some groups get to say whatever they want while others aren’t allowed. That isn’t free speech! There isn’t a person in this world who is free of being offended by something!! So let’s get over the excuse of “being offended” as a reason to not allow free speech!!

Russ

March 19th, 2012
10:07 am

So using profanity at a presidential fund raiser is just free speech but when Rush Limbaugh called the tramp a slut that was over the line and he should be fired? Is that the way it works?

LSC

March 19th, 2012
10:08 am

So they asked Cee-lo to perform….have any of you heard any of his music? So why is this a shocker. Get over yourself and move on. This is not about 1st amendment rights or anything. He is an artist that was asked to performed. Should he have used the clean version maybe but seriously have you heard any of his music?

Watch out Obama yo mamma will scam you

March 19th, 2012
10:10 am

Just remember…….if Vanilla Ice was at a President Bush fundraiser saying that stuff…..OMG…..Let’s begin….Al, only some people’s pal, Sharpton and Jesse, the slogan master, Jackson would have flew to LA to pick up Gloria Allred…..then to San Fran to get Nancy…..then to a remote island to bring back Cynthia McKinney, next they would fly to NYC to pick up the Good morning America liberal commentators and also Brian “thrill up my leg” Williams… then finally all of them would have landed at ATL ready to protest, impeach, throw out of office, and many other things to President Bush…….NOT the song artist…because according the media George Bush forced him at gunpoint to say those words and give that gesture…….BUT ladies and Gentlemen…….NO Worries…..it was an OBAMA yo Mamma fundraiser….therefore, Americans just get over it!!!

660grizz

March 19th, 2012
10:12 am

I’m with RxDawg. The really upsetting part is C-Lo supporting a radical marxist like Obama. Obama hung around and supported terrorist.

Get It Right

March 19th, 2012
10:13 am

To those who advise me to “get a grip”, that it’s just a song, and that the President has been called worse, I can only say that if we want civil discourse we have to speak our opinions when these incidents take place. This is the future of our country and I do not want it to become a scene from “Idiotocacy”. Skin color does not matter. Political Party does not matter. Respect for our fellow citizens and a sense of decorum is much more important than being part of the celebrity class. Along with this event, we had the President coming into the busiest airport in the nation at 5 o’clock on a Friday afternoon for a political fund raiser. That causes me to question the level of respect he and his handlers have for the working people of this city.

John Boehner's Tanning Bed

March 19th, 2012
10:13 am

I agree Cee Lo should have toned it down but Kid Rock is stumping for Romney. Have you ever been to one of his shows? Have you heard Hank Jr. drunk out of his mind on tv critisizing the President? What about Ted Nugent? People should hear what some of these folks sing about in concert. Just my opinion.

Lynn

March 19th, 2012
10:23 am

Some of you are so ignorant!

Watch out Obama yo mamma will scam you

March 19th, 2012
10:25 am

I agree Lynn….The Obamabots are so ignorant….

ATL_Native

March 19th, 2012
10:25 am

I’m a CeeLo fan and an Obama fan. I’m disappointed that CeeLo used this song out of all the great ones he’s done to sing around the POTUS.

Show some respect son!

Don’t know if he got caught up in the moment but he’s wayyy better than this.

#exremelydissappointed

gee

March 19th, 2012
10:26 am

Kinda dumb on his part..but whatever, Ceelo like attention, so it’s all relative. Surprised this is even an article or newsworthy…must be a slow news day. smh