How Artists Are Responding to Trump's Victory
    • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2016

    • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch

    It almost feels as if we're mourning the death of a loved one today. There is a dark cloud hovering over the New York City streets and a tinge of defeat in the air. The subway had never been so silent as it was today during the morning commute. Heads were hanging in disappointment, nails were rough and bitten down to the quick. It's no doubt that this country has suffered a lot of anxiety this past year--especially the last 24 hours--and now we're just trying to figure out how to cope with the earth-shattering result and more forthcoming issues. Although some are speechless (rightfully so), artists who have an enormous influence on us are using social media to speak up and roar louder than ever. Here's a compilation of responses from our favorite artists who are coming out with their opinions, but beware, some might make your eyes water. Macklemore, in particular, posted a photo of his young daughter on Instagram with a lengthy caption, "I gathered around the TV with my family and loved ones, ready to celebrate history being made. My daughter had this little blue dress on. I was ready to pop the Martinelli's and hold her, watching Hilary Clinton become the first female president of the United States of America. But...It didn't happen. I had a sick feeling in my gut, riddled with anxiety as the polls started coming in." Absolute chills. Artists like Janelle Monae are angry and absolutely ashamed. We don't blame them. Other artists like Oh Wonder are trying to be positive and look at the bright side. We respect that, too. Continue below to read the rest.





    I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight. I gathered around the TV with my family and loved ones, ready to celebrate history being made. My daughter had this little blue dress on. I was ready to pop the Martinelli's and hold her, watching Hilary Clinton become the first female president of the United States of America. But...It didn't happen. I had a sick feeling in my gut, riddled with anxiety as the polls started coming in. After hours of a growing pit in my stomach, it was over. I left the TV, grabbed my daughter and took her to bed. But now, as I'm laying next to my her as she sleeps, I remember. Remember what I have control over and what I don't. I don't have control over Donald Trump becoming president. That has been decided. But what I do have control over is where I go from here. I will teach my daughter to love. All people, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or where their birth certificate says they're from. I will teach her how important it is to be an advocate for humanity. Not just the portion of humanity that benefits her. I will teach her non violent communication. That in the face of hatred we must love each other even harder. Not give in. Not get discouraged or feel like our progress in the past is void. Keeping fighting for all of us, with an emphasis on those that and have been the most affected by systemic oppression. I will teach her that when she is silent during moments of injustice, she is siding with the oppressor. I will teach her that walls divide people, and by their nature cannot bring us closer. And that just because someone holds the most powerful position in the world, does not make that person right, just or fair. Donald Trump is not raising my daughter. I am. I get to encourage and nurture her to be who she wants to be. Teach her that her voice and actions can change the world. Teach her that she can do anything that a man can do. And one day, even become president of the United States of America. I have work to do. It starts now. And that work is the only thing bringing me peace at the moment

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    A letter from Moby: "america, why are you so afraid of evidence? you smoke cigarettes, naively believing they wont kill you. you eat garbage, believing it wont make you sick and obese. and now youve elected donald trump. christians and family-values voters have en masse helped elect a twice divorced man who openly brags about infidelity and committing sexual assault. 30% of latinos have helped elect a man who has routinely maligned latinos and called mexicans 'rapists. 45% of women have helped elect a man who brags about 'grabbing women by the pussy and has called women 'pigs & 'slobs. business-minded middle america has en masse helped elect a man who has led roughly half of his businesses to bankruptcy and lost close to a billion dollars in 1995 alone. and blue collar middle america has en masse helped elect a trust-fund baby who has, over-time, inherited over $600,000,000.00 from his father. and in the process youve denied the presidency to an experienced and erudite woman whose only shortcoming is being on the receiving end of a 30 year right-wing smear campaign. as a life long progressive im supposed to be diplomatic and understanding, but america, what the fuck is wrong with you? but then i ask myself, very sadly, why am i surprised? this is the same america that eats at burger king and is baffled as to why it ends up obese and cancerous and dying this is the same america who thinks that granting health care to 20,000,000 people is somehow treasonous. and this is the america who has now elected a dim-witted, racist, misogynist. a dim-witted, racist, misogynist who has ruined businesses and has no policy proposals other than 'build a wall. i guess there will be some cold, bitter schadenfreude in spending the next 4 years watching middle america wake up to the fact that donald trump is an incompetent con-man. the rust belt jobs wont come back. the wall wont get built. and hillary wont get locked up. donald trump will be impeached, or end his presidency with single digit approval ratings. and hopefully, somehow, america will finally wake up the fact that republicans are, simply, terrible..."

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