Chrisette Michele will never have to work again thanks to President-elect Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee. On Thursday, it was confirmed that the singer would perform for Twitler during his inauguration, an announcement that sent shockwaves through the Black community.
Chrisette did her part to justify performing for a man who has ridiculed the Black community, as well as Muslims, Mexicans and women. Here’s what she had to say in her defense:
“We can’t be present if we’re silent. 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 and progresive 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 maters. I am here, representing you, because this is what matters.”
Actually, Chrisette is there because she’s getting a check. No committee has designated her an ambassador for the Black community, or Millennials or Muslims or Mexicans. And we’re confident she didn’t decide to perform for free, knowing the move could derail her career and reduce a fan base comprised of people Donald Trump has insulted. Of course, Black Twitter was not here for the letter and spent zero seconds blasting Michelle over the foolishness.
@ChrisetteM you REALLY need to STOP quoting MLK to justify this mess. It’s disrespectful & you sound dumb.
— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) January 19, 2017
@ChrisetteM Singing at an inauguration is not conversation. I never saw MLK sing at the White House during his fight for civil rights
— Tessa (@CurtessaJacques) January 19, 2017
@ChrisetteM Are you playing the Goodbye Game with your career or something? Performing at this inauguration is not a good look 😔
— Thomas Rietzmann (@poplemousse) January 19, 2017
A man who started a witch-hunt towards the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate. No, you don’t represent me.
— Sāvion (@SavionWright) January 19, 2017
.@ChrisetteM You’re going to perform in front of people who don’t even value your life…like on an auction block, just there for their joy.
— Dorianna Gray (@blurbette) January 19, 2017
— Benita Brown (@CaliGirlinGA) January 19, 2017
Stop it. You are not taking this paid performance gig at a glorified klan rally in order to be a voice for the voiceless. @ChrisetteM
— Doc Ock (@OckyJ83) January 19, 2017
True story. What do you all think about Michelle’s decision to get that green … we mean … uh, be a voice for the Black community?