Sunday night’s Grammy awards were full of emotional and powerful moments, but some comic relief was found during the obligatory skewering of a figure who’s largely reviled in the music world. That is to say, one sketch featured several artists “auditioning” while reading bits of Michael Wolff’s White House tell-all book, Fire and Fury, for host James Corden, and Hillary Clinton’s effort at lambasting President Trump easily stole the sketch.
Clinton’s reading of an excerpt about Trump’s love of McDonald’s (which is aided by his belief that the food is “safely pre-made” and not a poisoning risk) pleased much of the internet, but one at-home voice was not thrilled. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley called the segment “trash”: “Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.”
In one respect, it’s hard to blame Haley for being sore. While promoting the book, Wolff insinuated that Trump was having an affair with someone at the White House, and a sentence within the book made folks believe that he was referring to Haley, which prompted her to brand the suggestion as “disgusting.”
Still, people very much couldn’t believe that Haley was arguing that politics and music don’t mix when, clearly, many artists on both sides of the aisle freely mingle their beliefs with their art. And some, like Ted Nugent and Kid Rock, even visit the White House to flip off the Hillary portrait.
To make a long story short, people unloaded on Haley.
Surprise, music is political. Well, everything is political in 2018, so there’s really no escape, ever.