Chrisette Michele walked down a path of criticism this week after word got out about her decision to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration. Now the singer wants to let the world know what she aims to be a "bridge" and "voice of the voiceless" despite being met with "stones" in doing so. With an open letter posted to Twitter and Instagram today (January 19), Michele quotes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and lays out her intention behind agreeing to perform.
The open letter was quickly met with questions and criticism from many online.
@ChrisetteM I hope it's worth it. I couldn't put a price tag on betraying women, PoC and children. The world is watching.— Liberal ❄️ (@just_amarie_) January 19, 2017
@ChrisetteM Your performance will be a celebration of racism, bigotry, misogyny, hate, division & inequality. Your name is ruined.— BLAQ NINJA (@Blaq_Ninja) January 19, 2017
@ChrisetteM So, you're "building a bridge" by performing for an administration that openly dishonors women and minorities?— XXXV ✨💫 (@authentic_april) January 19, 2017
@ChrisetteM keep this. You get terrible advice. First taking the gig and then this font color and size?? Both bad choices. Do better— Ororo Munroe (@WhatsSleepTho) January 19, 2017
@ChrisetteM if you are going to quote Martin - then let's quote Martin & not just cherry pick words that justify your behavior.— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) January 19, 2017
All in all, Chrisette Michele is set to join Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood, and Sam Moore for the PEOTUS's inauguration celebrations this week.