India Arie has written a long, open letter in defense of Chrisette Michele and her decision to sing at the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
In the open letter, Arie repeatedly says that she “stands with” Michele, pleading with people to “choose your words, and actions wisely and with the intent to elevate, because WE NEED IT NOW!”
I Stand Up for @ChriseteM ? > Open Letter ??
— India.Arie (@indiaarie) January 26, 2017
“Do I agree with her performing at the inauguration? NO. I would have NEVER done it. For any price, under any circumstance. but thats ME,” she continued. “Do I agree with her having the CHOICE? YES Do I think I understand the nuance that went into her decision? NO!!”
“Life is NUANCED, and before you straight up attack someone who, heretofore had been a gifted, talented, respectful, at LEAST, entertaining part of your world, – give them a chance to be human, complex, sometimes contradictory, … you know.. HUMAN,” she added.
She finished out with this message:
I (don’t have to AGREE with Chrirsette to) Stand up for Chrisette
I stand for Love
I stand for acceptance
I stand for social responsibility
I stand for peace
I stand for you
I stand for me
I stand for US
You can check out the full open letter here.