Chrisette Michele performed at one of Donald Trump’s inauguration balls at the cost of her family’s approval, but the commander-in-chief does not care.
The R&B singer said she didn’t think twice about performing at the ceremony, despite the fact that the handful of celebs who did agree to perform at the event reportedly received death threats.
The African-American singer faced a lot of backlash after accepting the invitation. She also claimed her family disowned her.
The Grammy winner previously performed for Barack and Michelle Obama at a White House state dinner, but the process she was familiar with didn’t repeat this time around when an inauguration organizer informed her about the plan.
“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,'” Michele said.
That was a little unexpected.
“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,” the singer continued. “I know he has a lot of other things going on. I don’t know if, like Barack and Michelle, he’s listening to my album or that I’ll be on his summer playlist, so I don’t want to take it that way. I’d rather be optimistic and think that they’ll come another chance where I can talk to him.”
Michele wasn’t the only entertainer who was turned down like this.
Kanye West, who thought he was a new celebrity friend of the business mogul, wasn’t even asked to perform at Trump’ big day.
As for Michele, she stated she was “willing to be a bridge.” Sadly, the xenophobic commander-in-chief didn’t want to cross any.
"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
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