While performing on the ‘TODAY’ show, Janelle Monae used the major platform to speak out on police brutality — but she barely got the beginning of her speech out before being cut off. Watch the shocking video here!
Janelle Monae, 29, made quite the statement by performing her song “Hell You Talmabout,” an anthem in support of the #BlackLivesMatters movement, on the TODAY show Aug. 14, but she continued to spread awareness with a speech about police brutality after singing the song. Unfortunately, Janelle couldn’t exactly get her full point across, because she was cut off by a TODAY anchor right in the middle of her message!
“God Bless America,” she said after the powerful performance. “God bless all the lives lost to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know we stand tall today. We all not be silenced!” She kept going after that, but her words are inaudible, as a news anchor began speaking over the speech. Yikes!
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Of course, this was live television, so producers, anchors and reporters have strict schedule to stick to, but it certainly doesn’t look good for the show to cut someone short when they’re talking about such an important issue in our country. Janelle has been very vocal about her support for #BlackLivesMatter, and explained with “Hell You Talmbout’s” Aug. 13 release that she’s working to spread the message.
“This song is a vessel,” the singer explained on Instagram. “It carries the unbearable anguish of millions. We recorded it to channel the pain, fear and trauma caused by the oncoming slaughter of our brothers and sisters. We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue. Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon. They say a question lives for ever until it gets the answer it deserves… Won’t you say their names?”
Janelle recorded the song with her Wondaland Records labelmates to play during marches and rallies. Names like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray — men who died in alleged race-related incidents — are spoken in the background of the track.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers: Do you think Janelle should have been cut off during her performance and speech?
— Alyssa Norwin