Singer Chrisette Michele has confirmed via an “Open Letter” on Twitter that she will be performing at President-elect Trump’s inauguration on Friday.
Without directly referencing the ceremony, Michele confirmed speculation that began circulating on Wednesday that she’d be performing at the inauguration of a president-elect who’s been vocal about his racism, xenophobia and misogyny.
In the letter ― that begins “we can’t be present if we’re silent” ― Michele goes on to quote Martin Luther King Jr. to signify that her performance is going to serve as representation for black Americans and help to “build a bridge.”
“I am willing to be a bridge. I don’t mind these stones, if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless,” she wrote in the letter.
The announcement of her “representation” at the event was not well received on social media. Many of Michele’s former supporters, including director Spike Lee, were vocal about withdrawing their fandom of the Grammy winning R&B singer, Questlove even tweeted on Wednesday that he’d pay Michele not to sing at the inauguration.
As far as we know, Michele hasn’t taken Questlove up on the offer.