Cancel culture is often dismissed by many as non-existent, but I think in some cases when people are collectively done with you, it can cause quite the effect. Just ask R&B singer Chrisette Michele…the community threw her away like rag doll following her decision to perform at Trump’s inauguration.
On Monday (Aug. 30), TV host Jawn Murray called for Chrisette Michele to be “uncanceled” after seeing the overwhelming support Kanye West received for his Donda album — even though he openly supported Donald Trump by endorsing him and rocking a MAGA hat and ran for president to try to sway the 2020 election.
Michele caught wind of the topic after it was shared by the folks over at The Jasmine Brand and reposted Murray’s tweet and questioned why her career didn’t soar like her male counterparts after she sang at Trump’s inauguration. “I always wonder how to respond to this question,” she captioned the post.
It’s actually the reason I don’t do interviews anymore. Being compared to Kanye & Travis [Greene] for the last 5 years. Watching them soar into the highest realms of stardom. Waiting on God’s hand to show me exactly what my story will look like,” she added. “I’ve made a choice to stay full of gratitude and master peace, but today, this post has inspired me to allow the energy of comparison to enter my feed.”
The “Epiphany” singer then questioned what role her gender had in her being canceled. “Would you release new music if you were me?” she asked. “What would you sing about? Who would you sing to? Why? What does my role as FEMALE play in this story? What about my role as Christian? How about my role as it compares to Kanye & Travis?”
Michele ultimately says she sang at Trump’s inauguration to try to unite the country that was so divided at the time. However, a lot of people — especially in the Black community — wanted nothing to do with her or her music afterward. West, on the other hand, has been able to elevate his career — in both music and fashion. Donda, his latest LP, broke a Spotify streaming record and is the biggest debut of 2021 so far. His Yeezy shoes sell out within seconds during every release and his forthcoming collaboration with Gap is projected to bring in millions.
Check out Michele’s full Instagram post below and let us know what you think. Is this a fair question?