Chrisette Michele is the singer who agreed to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration, and she has received nothing but backlash, to the point where Spike Lee even cut her music from his upcoming Netflix show. Billboard recently spoke to her about what she was thinking when she agreed:

“I didn’t even think to say no. It didn’t cross my mind. 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. 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.”

She also talked about the rumor that said she sang for $750k:

“We sent in an offer for how much we charge and they said, ‘Well we don’t have that,’ and the first thing I thought then was how I sang for Barack and Michelle Obama free of charge. This is not a money thing.”

Michele was then asked if she sang for Trump for free which she said:

“No, I didn’t perform for free. One, it wasn’t $750,000, but my manager did negotiate my contract.”

She then said even after all she went through to perform she didn’t even get to meet 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. 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.”

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