The election results have sent America on a spiral. From vicious tweets to Instagram messages everyone has something to say about Mr. Trump being our next president. Inauguration day is normally greeted with enthusiasm and optimism. This time around, we are finding ourselves in an extremely tense political climate filled with protest and calls to action.
All presidencies have been met with some form of backlash. Even celebrities have found themselves in between a rock and hard place, when it comes to supporting a Presidential candidate. In this case, it is Grammy nominated artist, Chrisette Michele. She is known for her sultry ballads and songs of hipster love. She will be singing at the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump. Michele’s decision has been met with confusion and shock from fans and other celebrities. Some celebrities have taken to social media to express their disdain with Michele’s decision to perform for such a controversial president.
Michele posted on Instagram to explain why she was singing for Mr. Trump. “My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us.” With the attached picture “We Can’t Be Present If We are Silent.” She stated that she was there to represent “Us.”
“My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us. I cry at the thought that Black History, American History might be in vain. This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us. Today, I hope that Great Moments begin in peaceful & progressive conversation. I am willing to be a bridge. I don’t mind “These Stones”, if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless. I am here. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters,”. I am here, representing you, because this is what matters.” – Chrisette Michele #NoPoliticalGenius We Can’t Be Present If We’re Silent | LINK IN BIO
Some celebrities didn’t find her reasoning to be enough to perform for a president who has been blatantly disrespectful to minorities, women, and the LGBT communities. Sylveena Johnson even questions, “Who is ‘us’? Black people? White people? All people? Dr. King protested by being the opposite of the noise, not joining in.” Johnson isn’t the only one to voice her dissatisfaction with Michele’s decision but acknowledges that the choice is ultimately up to her.
Everyone isn’t as forgiving, film director Spike Lee, has taken Michele’s “Black Girl Magic” from his Netflix Series “She’s Gotta have It”. He made the announcement via Instagram on Thursday, stating that he was surprised with “Sistuh Girl’s” decision, “I Wuz Sorry To Read That “Sistuh Girl” Is Singin’ At DT’s Inauguration (And To Use His Fav Word-SAD).”
Michele’s decision comes with hopes of “bringing peace and progressive conversation”. She ends her post with #NoPoliticalGenius.
Kerri L. Hill