Chrisette Michelle faced a swift and immediate backlash for choosing to sing at the Inauguration of Comrade Donald Trump. In her first interview since her coontastic decision that made Spike Lee nix her music from his work, the R&B singer blessed us with a cadre of quotes that will only add gasoline to the slander fire.
Chrisette spoke to Billboard about her experience, and Nas’ “Black Girl List” immediately came to mind. No shots.
Where shall we start?
People in her own family done canceled her.
I’ll say that the backlash, I did personally feel, came from members of my extended family who decided that they didn’t want to speak to me anymore or support my family in supporting me. As far as social media goes, I didn’t really look at it much. The two biggest things that I did experience internally was two celebrities who I had much respect for: Questlove and Spike Lee. Those were kind of the two things that I took a look at.
She didn’t get the rumored $750K payday, but she didn’t get her usual fee either.
Did you perform at the Ball for free?
No, I didn’t perform for free. One, it wasn’t $750,000, but my manager did negotiate my contract.
Well, despite getting a check, she seems to be big mad she didn’t even get to meet Donald Trump.
Were you able to meet President Trump?
Originally I was supposed to perform directly after his first speech, and I had done that with Barack Obama before, so I was used to that kind of experience. And the woman who organized the event came and told me, “Now you’re going to go first and he’s going to go after you.” I looked her in the eye and said, “My family has disowned me. If you decide to Google me, you’ll see that America is writing about me in their newspapers. I’m the black poster child for discord right now, and he’s not going to shake my hand?” So no, I didn’t get to meet him.
Her suggestions on how we can cope with four years of Trump? Read the news without the aid of the Internets. Seriously.
What’s next? What would you suggest others do to cope for the next four years?
I challenge everybody to put their phone down for an hour twice a week. Spend one hour reading a newspaper and spend hour watching the real news. And when you do that without your phone, without opinions, I want you to journal what you think. See what you can fix, and if you can’t fix something, find somebody who can.
See what we mean? Nas’ “Black Girl Lost.” if it’s not readily available, you can listen to Chrisette Michelle’s “No Political Genius,” where she addressed her critics, below.
If Nas’ “Black Girl Lost.” if it’s not readily available, you can listen to Chrisette Michelle’s “No Political Genius,” where she addressed her critics, below.
Let us know was you think of her life choice in the comments.
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