Posted Aug 16th, 2015 (10:18 am) by Sean O'Leary
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The TODAY show might need to sit down with their anchors and go over journalism 101, after they made a ghastly and borderline racist faux pas.

R&B singer Janelle Monáe took to the TODAY Show Friday morning to perform "Hell You Talmbout", which is both a protest piece, and her most recent single. When she started to actually protest, though, things didn't go as planned.

The performance of the track itself went fine. And as it wound down, Monáe took the time to speak out: "God bless all the lives lost to police brutality," she said. "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!"

And then she was, as anchor Savannah Guthrie started talking over her to transition to commercial. The symbolism was both clear and painful.

Although at this time we don't know whether the cutoff was intentional by NBC, or an accidental move by Guthrie who just wanted to keep the show moving along, at best this is a sadly fitting case of art mirroring reality. At worst it was NBC executives believing that a discussion of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement wasn't fit for their broadcast. Good for Janelle for taking the opportunity to use her platform to bring attention to important issues, and shame on NBC for silencing her. Microagressions, indeed.

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