This 12 months’s World Citizen Fest received appropriately political

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The annual World Citizen Pageant held in New York’s Central Park is all the time a political occasion, a minimum of within the miserable sense that calling for individuals to hitch collectively and assist finish international poverty is “political,” however this 12 months’s occasion on Saturday night time went a bit additional than regular. As reported by Leisure Weekly, Stevie Marvel made an overt nod to Donald Trump’s anger at NFL gamers who select to kneel throughout the Nationwide Anthem by “taking a knee for America” earlier than his set, explaining that he was kneeling “in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world, and our globe.” He was later joined by Pharrell Williams, who performed “We Are The World,” Daft Punk’s “Get Fortunate,” and a pseudo-mashup of “Completely satisfied” and John Lennon’s “Think about.”

Additionally throughout the fest, Demo Lovato was named the World Citizen ambassador for psychological well being, and she or he “spoke powerfully” on ending the stigma surrounding psychological well being situations and serving to individuals get entry to the assistance they might want. Lupita Nyong’o was there as properly, introducing Andra Day and a canopy of Billie Holliday’s “Unusual Fruit,” noting that the music was written over 80 years in the past as a nod to “the impression of racial injustice” that’s nonetheless occurring right this moment.

Apparently, issues received “incendiary” when Inexperienced Day, one of many headliners, took the stage. A Selection report says the band leaned closely into songs from American Fool, which was the final time Inexperienced Day received very loudly political, nevertheless it seems like they tweaked some songs round in an effort to make them much less about George W. Bush and extra about Donald Trump. Particularly, a line from “American Fool” was modified from “I’m not part of a redneck agenda” to “I’m not part of a dumb Trump America,” which isn’t precisely a vicious takedown, however not each dig at Trump must be significantly intelligent.

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