It’s been nearly 5 years since Chrisette Michele endured a swift and seismic backlash for seemingly endorsing polarizing Donald Trump by singing at his presidential inauguration. Though she made clear her intention was to “be a bridge” between his supporters and detractors, the only bridge she traveled was that straight to “cancelledville.”
The subject of memes, fiery debates, ridicule, and more from fans and industry peers alike, the blowback also bled into her professional and personal life via the loss of her record deal, impacted touring ability, and failed marriage (as we reported here).
Just two months ago she took to the net to openly admit the performance was ‘the wrong thing to do,’ but the admission also came with the question of why her cancellation endures while other high profile figures who have openly endorsed Trump continue to thrive.
That notion was reiterated Tuesday (August 31) when the GRAMMY winner took to social media to co-sign and share a tweet from social commentator and television personality Jawn Murray. Michele added:
“I always wonder how to respond to this question. It’s actually the reason I don’t do interviews anymore.
Being compared to Kanye & Travis for the last 5 years. Watching them soar into the highest realms of stardom. Waiting on Gods hand to show me exactly what my story will look like. I’ve made a choice to stay full of gratitude and master peace, but today, this post has inspired me to allow the energy of comparison to enter my feed. I think most of the comments are well intended and I’m not really attached to the results of the conversation. But it is an interesting topic. Kanye endorsed him, Travis sang with me, and… time unfolded. What do YOU think history has proven in this tale? What did you think 5 years ago? What do you think today? Would you release new music if you were me? What would you sing about? Who would you sing to? Why? What does my role as FEMALE play in this story? What about my role as Christian? How about my role as it compares to Kanye & Travis?”