Chrisette Michele Takes Aim at Spike Lee and Questlove on Spoken Word Piece "No Political Genius
Last week, Chrisette Michele invited staunch criticism upon announcing that she’d willingly signed on to perform at president-elect’s inauguration celebration. The internet was not kind. Some (read: Questlove) even offered to pay Michele not to perform, and others (read: Spike Lee) claiming to have removed her from consideration for upcoming projects. After all, the r&b singer was a quarter the age of a surely delusional Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave,) who’d also announced that he’d join in the orange blob’s dry-as-hell welcome parade.
By the end of the week, Michele had issued a statement claiming that her co-sign of president-elect was an act of bridge-building, not support. Today she doubled down and released a spoken word piece titled “No Political Genius,” echoing the sentiments of her previous statement. With no musical accompaniment — likely because no one would take a check to play on a song that takes aim at music and film giants like Questlove and Spike Lee — Michele claims to be the “black elephant in the red room,” continuing on by naming the aforementioned directly and implying that her appearance was partly on their behalf (as well as civil rights leader and current House Rep. John Lewis.)
In opposition to Trump’s first day(s) in office, millions stood together and marched in hundreds of cities across the country and the world. Hear Chrisette Michele’s spoken word piece below and jump back to read a first-hand account of the Women’s March on Washington.