Here Were The 7 Most Anti-Trump Moments From Last Night's Grammy's
The Grammys were on Sunday night, and to the surprise of nobody they were overtly political and very much anti-Trump. Here were the seven most anti-Trump moments from the Grammys.
1. A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes and Anderson.Paak directly attacked Trump in their performance. ATCQ's Q-Tip began the performance by stating, "We’d like to say to all of those people around the world, all those people who are pushing people who are in power to represent them: Tonight we represent you."
Rhymes then referred to Trump as "President Agent Orange," saying that he is responsible "for perpetuating all of the evil that you’ve been perpetuating throughout the United States."
"I want to thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban," Rhymes said.
The musicians came out through a brick wall as signs reading "No Ban No Wall" appeared behind them.
One of ATCQ's songs featured lyrics that stated:
All the black folks, you must go / All the Mexicans, you must go / All the poor folks, you must go / Muslims and gays, we hate your ways / See all you bad folks you must go.
The performance concluded with Q-Tip repeatedly shouting "Resist!" as he held his fist in the air.
So comfortable, we’re living in a bubble, bubble. So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble . . . Are we crazy? Living our lives through a lens. Trapped in our white picket fence like ornaments . . .
Skip Marley, Bob Marley's grandson, appeared during Perry's song and declared, "We're about to riot!"
The "Persist" armband is a reference to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) being silenced for smearing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
3. James Corden took a swipe at Trump in his Grammys opener. Corden began by stumbling down a flight of stairs; during his rap Corden sang, "Live it all up because this is the best and with President Trump, we don’t know what comes next."
"We sit here tonight no matter our race, or where we were born, or color of face," Corden rapped. "Music is ours, remember forever: We can survive by sticking together."
4. Jennifer Lopez's speech preceding the best new artist nominees was indirectly anti-Trump. "At this particular point in history, our voices are needed more than ever," Lopez said. "As Toni Morrison once said, this is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence and no room for fear.
"We do language," Lopez continued. "That is how civilizations heal. So tonight, we celebrate our most universal language, music, as we honor the voices of the past and the present."
5. Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson's daughter, briefly spoke out against the Dakota Access Pipeline. "We can really use this excitement at a Pipeline protest, guys," Jackson said before Daft Punk and The Weekend's performance. "#NoDAPL."
One of Trump's executive actions involved approving the Dakota Access Pipeline.
6. Beyonce indirectly made a rallying cry for resistance to Trump in her acceptance speech. Beyonce won an award for best urban contemporary album, and in her speech she said:
My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable.
It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families — as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys — and see themselves, and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race. And I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.
7. Johnny Stevens of Highly Suspect wore an "Impeach" jacket. The band also took a photo with two members pointing at the jacket as Stevens raised his middle finger.
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