Chrisette Michele‘s inaugural performance experience didn’t go as she hoped it would. The singer, who received backlash for participating in Donald Trump‘s inauguration, wasn’t even given the opportunity to meet with Trump.
Chrisette spoke out to Billboard.
“The first thing I thought was that I have an opportunity to get in front of these people who don’t seem to understand who they’re talking to and show them what we look like,” she said. “I felt automatically committed to making sure that I stood up for the women who’ve felt disrespected and the minorities who felt disrespected, communities that felt that they weren’t being heard or understood. I thought that it was almost my responsibility to not just say yes but to say yes with purpose, so that was my reasoning. And no, I didn’t think twice about it.”
Chrisette did not have the support of some of her family due to her decision to perform at Trump’s inauguration.
“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,” she said.
But the shocker, Chrisette Michele was not given the opportunity to meet Donald 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,” she told Billboard. “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.”
Chrisette goes on to say she’s committed to doing the work and working with elected officials to debunk the misconceptions of people who do not look like us.
“I’m taking on the mission of speaking to congressmen and women, elected officials all around the country and then speaking to people just like me who don’t understand what they’re talking about, bring them our questions and get some answers on how we can move forward.”
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