Once one of the most beloved voices in modern R&B, Chrisette Michele went from the top of the genre’s hit lists to the top of the public’s sh*tlist after she accepted the gig to perform at the 2016 presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.
Now, the songbird is singing a new tune as she reflects on the aftermath of the incident.
Recipient of a ferocious backlash for the incident, the GRAMMY winner was slammed by fans, critics, and peers alike for what many assumed was her alignment with Trump’s divisive views. What’s more, the singer’s fan base abandoned her – causing a quick decline in sales, concert opportunities, and – eventually – even the loss of her record deal.
Despite a slew of press appearances at the time to defend the decision, the damage proved irreparable – even now nearly 5 years later.
Taking to the popular YouTube series, ‘TERRELL,’ Thursday (June 10), Michele spoke candidly about the ‘cancellation’ and even admitted now she feels participating in the inauguration ‘was the wrong thing to do.’
Michele on Overall Feelings about Her Inclusion at Trump’s Inauguration (4:55 mark):
‘It was the wrong thing to do,’ she said before continuing, ‘I’ve never said it publicly…’
Michele on Why Other Black Acts at the Trump Inauguration Weren’t Canceled As Well (5:09 mark):
‘What was Travis Greene’s intention?’ she asked about the absence of rejection to the Gospel star’s performance at the event. ‘Because his album went to #1 [later].’
Michele on if She Regrets Doing the Inauguration (7:29 mark):
‘I don’t regret it, I learned a lot.’
Michele on Rumor She was Paid $750,000 to Sing at Inauguration (9:17 mark):
‘I did not do it for the money,’ she said before later continuing, ‘you don’t get paid to do political events as an American citizen.’ She went on to say, ‘that would’ve been really awesome but [it was nowhere near that].’
Michele on How Cultural Cancellation Put a Strain on Her Marriage and Led to Divorce (10:17 mark):
‘When I was canceled right, smack dab at the beginning of my marriage, it put a strain on my marriage,’ she said. ‘Now, as I emerge from the ashes, I am so comfortable in my skin.’
Michele on the Silver Lining of the Backlash (11:00 mark):
‘Hopefully, my recovery shows people that after misunderstanding and rejection there is evolution and you get to come back and do it again by the grace of God.’
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