UN Ambassador Nikki Haley took to Twitter to bash the award show for the humorous jab host James Corden and the producers took at President Donald Trump. The short-clip featured artists such as John Legend and Cardi B reading from Michael Wolff’s Fire & Fury, a scathing look at Trump’s first year in office, for the Spoken Word Grammy category. The clip ends in Hillary Clinton reading from the book and the host saying that she’s the obvious choice.
This did not seem to sit well with Haley, who tweeted out:
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
It’s interesting that she should have such a strong opinion about this awards show in particular. Either she was unconcerned by the many jokes and call outs at the Emmys, Golden Globes, Critic’s Choice or SAG Awards, or felt that the music industry, while arguably the most politically driven subsection of Hollywood, shouldn’t be mixed with politics.
For most of the audience, the short was a funny way to tie in politics without going so far as to bash the President outright. In fact, in the grand scheme of the night, that was the tamest political moment of the entire telecast. It’s interesting that she doesn’t mention Camila Cabello‘s rousing “dreamer’s speech” or Kesha‘s heartbreaking performance for her song where she forgives her rapist. Both are politically charged moments, but it’s the idea of calling out the President, specifically, didn’t sit well with the ambassador.
However, it should come as no surprise that there were political moments throughout the show. The nation is in a bizarre state of flux that is becoming historic for all of the wrong reasons. If those with the platform to speak on matters such as immigration or women’s safety in the workplace, among others, don’t use it for good, they’re using it wrong. What better way to get the attention of the masses than on the most televised nights in entertainment?
It was a moment of political brevity that seems to have rubbed her the wrong way. Many were quick to point out that perhaps politicians ought not comment on music or the arts, as the government seldom defends arts and music programming in schools.