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Chrisette Michele pulled the ultimate caper in trying to convince the masses that her performance at President Donald Trump‘s inauguration ceremony was more than just collecting a check. Now, it appears that the singer is getting support from her peers, namely India.Arie and Twitter reacted swiftly with the slander.

First, let’s look at India.Arie’s “open letter” via Twitter, but just some of it as it goes a bit long:

I LOVE Chrisette I’ve known her since she was singing at open mic’s at village underground, I’ve watched her journey and I haven’t agreed with it all, and still I love her, but that’s not why I write this open letter.

I write this because, I LOVE HUMANITY and I KNOW WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS. Social media is a powerful tool, that becomes a weapon, when people start treating each other as little more, than the little blue screen in front of them.

Basic truth: When we see people as less than human, it gives us permission to treat each other as less than human. THIS IS THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE FACING AMERICA AT THIS TIME.

SO, why do it to each other on an interpersonal level?

The culture is talking about being “WOKE” …. Woke from what?

To ME, Woke, means conscious – making conscious decisions about how you navigate life.

A basic spiritual philosophy is that, The highest consciousness understanding is that we are one interconnected humanity.

So WAKE UP THEN! Agree or disagree with Chrisette , she is A HUMAN BEING – nuanced and multi dimensional. Give her a chance to be everything that she is, and YOU take a chance to remember – you’ve made missteps too.

Still with us? Ok. That didn’t go over too well with the Twitter audience and despite Michele and India.Arie’s valiant attempts to make sense of this nonsense, the fact remains that Michele decided to do something she had to know wasn’t going to fly with her (former?) fans and supporters.

Check out some of the responses from Twitter below and on the following pages.


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