Chrisette Michele is caught in the middle of a media firestorm, and her career may not recover. The 34-year-old Grammy winner is set to perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president on Friday, and most of her fans are not happy with this decision. For days, the R&B singer’s team tried to keep her appearance a secret, but the news leaked on Wednesday, and she was forced to deal with the backlash.
Social media immediately lit up, and some people went as far as calling for a total boycott of her music. Michele, who has worked with A-listers like Jay Z, John Legend, and Nas, initially believed that the drama would go away, but she was wrong.
So, on Thursday morning, the “Be OK” vocalist put out an open letter to calm things down a bit and offered herself as a bridge in a very divided country. It was not a real success, her critics continued the attacks and called her a pawn.
The Trump administration is facing a lot of opposition from the entertainment world. Artists have often supported liberal causes, but their fight with the incoming president is unprecedented in American history. The business mogul has failed to attract big names for his inauguration. Toby Keith is the biggest star who said yes to Trump.
As for Michele, she has not been successful in a while, so the check probably played a big part in convincing her. It is easy for people who are on top right now like Katy Perry to turn down a Trump offer, but struggling performers might not have the same option. Here is the open letter:
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.
Politics in this country is messy at this moment, and Michele just got burned.