The internet was buzzing this week after a video surfaced online of singer Mary J. Blige serenading presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton with a song about police brutality against blacks.
Many people (celebrities, regular Joes and Janes alike) had their opinions about what was predominantly perceived as an awkward moment captured on video. Apple Music partnered with Blige to set up what was supposed to be a commercial featuring Blige giving Clinton an interview on police brutality.
However, the whole thing ended up becoming somewhat of a minstrel show, according to the opinions of people who shared their thoughts via YouTube and other mediums. One video, which was attributed to the YouTube channel of commentator and online media magnate Dr. Boyce Watkins was hilariously titled, “MWB: Mary J. Blige Sings For ‘Massah’ Hillary Clinton.”
Blige certainly heard the windfall of criticism that ensued over her decision to engage in a “shucking and jiving” routine in the presence of Clinton. The Grammy Award-winning singer subsequently shared her reaction to the public’s opinion. In the video, Clinton sat stone faced as Blige sang, “If an officer stops you, always be polite.”
The Grio reported on Thursday (September 29th) that Mary J. Blige spoke out about the internet’s less than warm reaction to her decision to put on a show for the former First Lady. “EVERYBODY SHUT THE F**K UP!!!!!! #takethat #Haters #crabinabarrel #simpleminded #411,” Blige angrily wrote in a tweet, which was later deleted.
At a Apple Music luncheon on Wednesday, Blige defended her awkward singing routine and spoke to reporters about her decision to put on a show instead of conducting a serious interview exhibiting journalism. “I’m a singer before I’m a journalist. This journalist stuff is brand new,” Blige told reporters.
“The whole interview was felt,” Blige continued. “I was blown away by how organic and real she was….When I met her, she was generally concerned about what I was doing. She hugged me like a grandma — and I needed that hug at the moment,” she added.
As of today, Apple Music has not released a statement defending or criticizing Blige’s actions in the interview.