Hillary Clinton give an unqualified “up yours” to the Trump administration in her hilarious Grammys skit, prompting acolyte Nikki Haley to go off the rails. But here’s a reality check for Nikki. Music has always been political.
The nation has a long history of political protest music, going back, at least in contemporary times, to Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Neil Young and countless others.
The issues may have changed–in the ’20s it was class struggle and the Great War; the ’30s the Great Depression and economic inequality; the ’40s and ’50s social injustice, McCarthyism and nukes; the ’60s civil rights and Vietnam–but the message has always been the same– up the establishment.
Now is no different.
I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it. Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) January 29, 2018
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Grammys, has long been criticized for stodginess and being out-of-step with what’s really happening in music.
But for once, on its 60th anniversary, the organization used humor to take a stand. How hip was that?
Grammy host James Corden set up the skit by making a play on the Grammy award for spoken-word records. Past winners include Al Gore, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Carter and even the late Joan Rivers.
So Corden decided to set up an audition for a spoken word album featuring Michael Wolff’s explosive Trump tell-all book “Fire & Fury.”
Well-known artists like Cher, John Legend, DJ Khaled, Cardi B and Snoop Dogg took their turn.
Cardi B was a classic, reading the section on Trump’s bedtime habit of eating cheeseburgers.
“Why am I even reading this shit? I can’t believe this. I can’t believe that he really. … This how he lives his life?” she said in disbelief.
Corden blew off them all in favor of a reader who slowly revealed herself to be Clinton.
The audience went wild and apparently so did Haley, but not in a good way.
“I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it. Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it,” Haley wrote on Twitter.
But she didn’t stop there. She also trolled other Twitter commenters, who liked the skit. “That part ruined the Grammys. Such a shame,” she responded to one writer.
Mind you, this is Trump’s appointment to the lofty position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Incidentally, this is a position that was once reserved for senior statesmen like Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (Eisenhower), and Adlai Stevenson (Kennedy).
The fact that Nikki makes a mockery of the office is another story. But she needs a serious reality check about music.
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