Fox News Website Calls Obama’s Birthday Party a ‘Hip-Hop BBQ’

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News, August 5, 2011


The rapper Common, you may recall, drew heated commentary from the cable network [Fox News] for his invitation to take part in a White House poetry night. {snip}

On Thursday, a Fox News opinion website called Fox Nation aggregated a “Playbook” column by Politico’s Mike Allen about President Barack Obama’s 50th birthday bash, changing Allen’s typically long headline with this:

‘Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs’

The private party included dinner (“BBQ chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta, salad”) in the Rose Garden was attended by Obama’s staff and celebrities including Al Sharpton, Jay-Z, Chris Rock, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. There were performances by Stevie Wonder, R&B singer Ledisi, jazz legend Herbie Hancock. A DJ “played Motown, hip-hop, and ’70s and ’80s R&B.”


The headline, not surprisingly, immediately sparked renewed charges of racism against the network. But Fox is standing by it.


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  1. Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Of course its racist, the event was a purposely orchestrated evening of recognizable black culture; black civil rights celebs, black entertainers and black food. Calling it a “hip-hop BBQ” seems innocuous, accurate and is a typically catchy news headline. What would BET call it? “A night of black cultre”? “Civil rights pimps, ho’s and phat phood” (that is offensive)? Black sensitivity has morphed into mounting behavior, always testing the limits. And without push back those limits continue to expand, now past the ridiculous to the offensive.

  2. A Comment from Australia August 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Yes we saw BHO on his way to the party, dressed accordingly.The main news on our networks was of course the present financial turmoil in Wall Street and everywhere else. No Mr BHO did not seem to be unduly concerned about this nor even the tragic helicopter downing in Afghanistan as he merrily went on his way to the party. Wasn’t it Emporer Nero who fiddled while Rome was burning.(What made me think of that!)

  3. policedogtrainer August 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    steve harvey as well as chris rock have both stated publicly that they hate white people.

  4. Tim in Indiana August 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Al Sharpton, Jay-Z, Chris Rock, Charles Barkley

    Sounds like a rogues gallery of the low class and low IQ. If this is the kind of people the “president” graces the white house with, then heaven help us (of course I knew we needed it anyway).

  5. olewhitelady August 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    There’s always some race hustler who condemns a white for calling a spade a spade (pun intended). Any comment about black ethnicity or culture is subject to complaint, unless made by a black.

  6. fred August 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    I only want to know two things: Was hip hop being played and were they serving BBQ?

  7. HH August 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    ‘” There were performances by Stevie Wonder, R&B singer Ledisi, Jazz legend Herbie Hancock…A DJ played “Motown, Hip-Hop, and 70’s and 80’s R&B.”‘

    Hmmmmm…nothing but Black music. Sounds rather racist to me!

  8. Obummer August 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Plenty of “fawdies” were also provided.

  9. Adam August 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Considering the fact that 30 to 40% of the attendees were White, this was a foolish charge for FOX NEWS to make.

  10. Preparation H-Bomb August 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Good for FOX, for telling the truth. We got us an uncultured unabashed advocate of the lower classes – the ghetto blacks – in the White House. And, it should be noted, that no country, state, county, city, or sanitation dept. union run by blacks is free of corruption, graft, greed, stupidity, or a trend towards bankruptcy. All you had to do was turn on the TV today and watch the stock market fall, see the U.S. credit rating downgraded, and, in short, watch this country race towards economic collapse. Is it because we have a black as President? That’s certainly part of it. The rest is due to his choice of marxist idiots for czars and Cabinet members, and to the marxists in Congress elected by the same lower class mentalities who elected the president. What a shame for America and for those of us who love this country. Tol-ja, we shoulda sent ’em all back to Africa when we had the opportunity.

  11. Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    I don’t understand. What else would you call it?

  12. dhb August 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    If bbg chicken and ribs were served and hiphop music was played then what is racist about calling it a hiphop bbq.

    I think the only racist thing about the hiphop bbq was the quest list, it seems like alot of blacks were invited and not many whites unless of course the rappers and black athletes brought along their white “hos”.

  13. Greg August 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Actaully, according to many reports, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bill Maher, Meryl Streep, Tim Allen, Tom Cruise, Marcia Cross etc… all of these people are White and many other non-Black people attened the White House bash.

    That being siad, it was foolish of FOX to make tihs claim.

  14. Mike H. August 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    It’s amusing. By accusing Fox of racism due to the hip-hop reference they’re saying that they believe all blacks are into hip-hop, and by stating such they essentially match the text book definition of “racist” word for word.

    Not that I expected people who don’t know the very definitions of the slurs they’re calling other people to understand what irony is. Doesn’t make it any less funny, however.

  15. Melinda Van Tijn August 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm #


    To what “claim” are you referring? Or should I ask, which word is the most racist? Is it “barbeque” or “hip-hop?” There is a big difference between implying and “claiming.” Perhaps the guest list is not the crux of the article.

  16. KRSOUTHERNER August 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, and could see how “things” turned out, I wonder what he would say? I would bet he is turning flips in his grave. Who would have ever thought, even 50 years ago, that the white house would host an event like this, where so many sub-humans, including the white people who attended, (There, I took racism out of the equation) would so joyfully display their depravity.

  17. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    This is going to give fodder to the upcoming jokes about “getting the smell out of the (formerly) White House” when the Obongos leave.

  18. flyingtiger August 9, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    Hip hop BBQ? Most accurate statement by the news media in years.

    The whites present are wiggers or self hating whites. They could have had more diversity in the musical acts. Jon Bon Jovi or Bob Dylan would have been willing to play.

  19. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    Tom Hanks is Black? Could have fooled me.

  20. Frank August 9, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    No, there was nothing racist about the comment. It was a BBQ,and based on the guest list there was a lot of hip-hop.

  21. cpascal August 9, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    The White House used to be one of the most dignified buildings in America, but the thought of hip-hop music pounding in the Rose Garden shows just how far things have come downhill over the years. Obama’s good friend Al Sharpton was there. It’s interesting that a man who’s known for his “God D*** America” views is a welcome guest at the White House. Maybe part of America’s problems is the fact that there are so many of these angry black types in positions of power and influence.

  22. DAVE August 9, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    All comments, headlines or anything related to “blacks” should be really sarcastic! Fox should have make the headline “President Obama’s elegant birthday celebration”. Make all blacks sound really great at everything then they can’t cry racism over anything you say or print. Lay the sarcasm on thick!

  23. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Whites are now not allowed to comment on any black function. You cant even use the world Hip Hip because its a black phrase for their music. Blacks see things going badly and cant intelligently deal with it.

    Something really bad going on here as you can see. They are self imploding and when Obama loses in 2012 there will be more black on white crime than you can imagine turning their rage and hostilities outward attacking whites at will randomly. You can only fight fire with fire. Strength with strength.

  24. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    13 — Greg wrote at 10:02 PM on August 8:

    Actaully, according to many reports, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bill Maher, Meryl Streep, Tim Allen, Tom Cruise, Marcia Cross etc… all of these people are White and many other non-Black people attened the White House bash.

    That being siad, it was foolish of FOX to make tihs claim.


    Gee, what a great list of stand up “whites”. Stupid so called white celebrities. All are pc lefty morons. What do you think Hollywood IS?

  25. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Who cares about a stupid barbecue. The real story is the President apparently doesn’t know his own birthday, announcing it for two weeks earlier than his “birth certificate” lists it as.

  26. ProudtobeWhite August 9, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Obama is making sure that not a shred of decency and dignity is left in the White House in his one-term tenure. Founding Fathers like Jefferson and Madison would spin in their graves if they knew that the highest office in the land is reduced to party central with gangstas and white-hating, no-talent homies of a Chicago street hustler.

    Age thou art ashamed!

  27. schmenz August 9, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    “Actaully, according to many reports, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bill Maher, Meryl Streep, Tim Allen, Tom Cruise, Marcia Cross etc… all of these people are White and many other non-Black people attened the White House bash.”

    I hope all these white folks went home and took showers after attending. I would have.

  28. Shawn (the female) August 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    I guarantee you the blacks would joyously call it a hip hop bbq. But as usual, to them it falls under the ‘if spoken by whites they’re fighting words’ category.

    I’m so done with Tom Hanks. He just put himself into my Celine Deion class.

  29. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Since Lincoln favored repatriating former slaves to Liberia or elsewhere and Grant wanted to purchase what is now the Dominican Republic to send the freedmen elsewhere, I am sure that they would be disappointed to see Obama’s hip hop BBQ.

  30. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    3 — policedogtrainer wrote at 6:28 PM on August 8:

    steve harvey as well as chris rock have both stated publicly that they hate white people.

    Are you sure about this. Given all the White people that Chris Rock hangs out with, I cannot beleive that he would say such a thing.

    This sounds suspect.

  31. Mr.White August 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    “There were performances by Stevie Wonder, R&B singer Ledisi, jazz legend Herbie Hancock. A DJ “played Motown, hip-hop, and ’70s and ’80s R&B.'”


    Hmmm….I cannot help but notice the lack of “diversity and multiculturalism” amongst that line up? Just goes to show that multiculturalism and diversity are doctrines which apply to whites only. All others are free to do as they please, racially speaking. If they want to associate only with their own kind, they are encouraged to do so under the guise of celebrating their heritage.

    If whites do it (which never happens anyway because we’re socially shunned if we do it), we are called “K members and racists!”

    Go figure….

  32. Myopic Governance August 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    This is a little off topic here but I just discovered an ingenious way to debate liberals.

    You take left wing politics to the extreme, and fast-forward the societal process for them when you engage them.

    So when your talking about say how Western culture is awful you say “well yes of course it is, but not to worry, I think China will become the next superpower and will dictate World policy. But I doubt they will give Westerners as much help as we gave them… luckily I will be older and not care as much!”.

    This kind of talk befuddles liberals, who don’t really want their children’s future to be bleak. It also makes them pause and wonder what WILL happen if current trends continue. I used this maneuver in class today, hahaha, you would not believe the idiotic expressions on people’s faces, including the teacher’s. They paused and actually contemplated the nature of the discussion and the natural conclusion of the policies they were a moment ago advocating.

  33. Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    To #4:

    Low class?? No way, no how, those are the cream of the crop’; as good as they get!