A royal backlash indeed for legendary ‘Throne Room’ hitmaker CeCe Winans after the Gospel diva was among the celebrities featured in a President Donald Trump-ordered ad designed to reassure the country about the current administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the associated death toll at 204,000 at writing, Trump’s lax reaction to the health crisis has been widely criticized – a tide he was hoping to turn by teaming with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to launch a $300 million advertising campaign highlighting their reactive efforts.
To assist, HHS enlisted the likes of Dennis Quaid and Winans to reach audiences – a move that’s incited backlash for both participants, especially the latter. So much so, the 12-time GRAMMY winner took to Twitter Friday (September 25) to defend her actions.
See what she said inside:
Taking to social media late Friday night, Winans said:
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Look below to see highlights of some of the commentary that led to Winans’ video message above.
Cece Winans and Dennis Quaid support Trump?pic.twitter.com/SdMPSPDa6A
— Jermaine Watkins ✍🏾 (@JermaineWatkins) September 26, 2020
Black Twitter confronting CeCe Winans like pic.twitter.com/ilePu8BeNH
— No way, Ofay. (@HunseckerProxy) September 26, 2020
NOT CECE WINANS pic.twitter.com/whnboPh2PF
— Clarkisha Kent (@IWriteAllDay_) September 26, 2020
For Winans’ involvement, she interviewed with the Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams to discuss best practices for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ad is due to roll out in the coming weeks.
A representative for CeCe, Chaz Corzine, suggested her willing participation was a result of learning members of her legendary musical family – namely brothers Marvin and Bebe Winans – both contracted the disease.
“She volunteered her time participating in the PSA and was happy to do so because of her concerns about how Covid has and is impacting the African American community.”