People are mad. Eyes are cutting into songstress Chrisette Michele left and right after it’s been confirmed that she will be singing at the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday.

The Interwebs have been letting loose over the upcoming ritual ceremony, and the criticism toward Michele’s decision hasn’t fallen on deaf ears. The “Epiphany” singer has heard the criticisms loud and clear and released a statement via her blog and on Twitter, sharing her thoughts about the recent backlash and the intent behind her choice to sing during the 45th presidential inauguration.

Now, let me warn you, the text is visually hard to read, however, we’ve got you covered.

“My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us.

I cry at the thought that Black History, American History might be in vain.
This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us.

Today, I hope that Great Moments begin in peaceful & progressive conversation. I am willing to be a bridge. I don’t mind “These Stones”, if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless.

I am here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters,”.

I am here, representing you, because this is what matters.”

– Chrisette Michele

Spike Ain’t here for it, though. 

Well, if the world is against Chrisette’s decision, at least she has one friend that will publicly ride-or-die for her as she faces the nation and welcomes the presidency of Donald Trump on Friday:

What do you think of Chrisette Michele’s decision to perform at Trump’s inauguration?