Chrisette Michele is the latest Black celebrity to receive backlash over her affiliation with President-elect Donald Trump. The singer is scheduled to perform at today’s presidential inauguration as Trump takes the oath of office. But her decision has cost her the respect and opportunity to be a part of an upcoming project with famous Black director and filmmaker Spike Lee.
Lee posted the following to Twitter:
“Good Morning Folks. I Wuz Sorry To Read That ‘Sistuh Girl’ Is Singin’ At DT’s Inauguration (And To Use His Fav Word-SAD). I Wuz Thinkin’ ’bout Using Chrisette’s Song- BLACK GIRL MAGIC In My Netflix Series SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT…. NOT ANYMORE. And Dat’s Da Truth, Ruth.”
Michele has addressed the backlash in an open letter that reads:
“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.”
Supporters and critics have sounded off over the issue, with many stating that her use of a quote by Dr. Martin L. King Jr. is inappropriate considering that she is singing for Trump. Over the heated election cycle, Trump proved himself to be a lying, racist, misogynistic bully who has incited political violence against his opponents.
Other entertainers such as Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and more have refused to participate in the inauguration of Donald Trump, who famed civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis said is not a “legitimate” president.