Janelle Monàe told the 'Today' show's audience she "will not be silenced" until they cut her off
Janelle Monàe was cut off during Friday’s broadcast on NBC’s Today show. The “Tightrope” appeared with collaborators from her record label Wondaland in order to promote Monàe’s new EP, The Epepheus and to perform her song “Hell You Talmbot.”
This song is a vessel. It carries the unbearable anguish of millions. We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing 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 forever until it gets the answer it deserves... Won't you say their names? - #Wondaland #HYTB @deepcotton @stbeautyband @romangianarthur @twopointoh @jidenna link in bio
“Talmabout” is Monàe protest song that rattles off the names of African-American lives that were lost as a result of police brutality. After her performance, Monàe told the crowd:
Yes, Lord! God bless America! God bless all the lost lives 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 will not be silenced…
That is until the camera cut away from her and the anchor tried to speak over her.
We're hoping that wasn't an intentional move from the network, but the footage of having a black artist being cut off while speaking about black visibility and asking to not be silenced is chilling.