President Barack Obama interrupted the predictably boring Grammy Awards tonight to spread an important message on rape and domestic violence. Amidst the standard awards show proceedings, it made for a jarringly real moment.
In the video PSA (pegged to the White House’s It’s On Us campaign), Obama called on musicians to use their power to bring awareness to rape and domestic violence against women.
Here’s Obama’s speech in full:
“Tonight, we celebrate artists whose music message helps shape our culture and together, we can change our culture for the better by ending violence against women and girls. Right now, nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape. And more than one in four women has experienced some form of domestic violence. It’s not okay. And it has to stop. Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes and get us thinking and talking about what matters. And all of us, in our own lives, have the power to set an example. “Join our campaign to stop this violence. Go to itsonus.org, and take the pledge. And to the artists and the Grammys tonight, I ask you to ask your fans to do it, too. It’s on us, all of us, to create a culture where violence isn’t tolerated, where survivors are supported and where all our young people, men and women, can go as far as their talents and their dreams will take them.”