Melissa Viviane Jefferson, better known as the rap artist Lizzo, played a 200-year-old crystal flute once owned by Founding Father James Madison during a concert in DC this Tuesday while wearing a skimpy bodysuit and “twerking.”
The media celebrated it as if it was a historical accomplishment.
Ever the gifted orator, Lizzo, who is a classically trained flutist, played a few notes and exclaimed, “Bitch, I just twerked and played James Madison’s flute from the 1800s.”
Carla Hayden, the librarian at the Library of Congress, tweeted last week that she hoped to see Lizzo play the flute, a gift given to Madison in 1813 by the French flute maker Claude Laurent in honor of his second inauguration.
The Library of Congress made it happen, using several Capitol Police officers to help escort the flute to the concert at Capitol One Arena in Washington on Tuesday.
We’re glad they had time to do so all while fighting off threats to democracy and insurrections.
The music star, who is heralded as a “body positivity” pioneer, was seen in video at the concert playing away while wearing an interesting stage outfit.
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Speaking at a first-grade reading level, Lizzo continued to share just how cool it was to play James Madison’s crystal flute.
“Thank you to the Library of Congress for preserving our history and making history cool. History is freaking cool, you guys!”
See Lizzo play the flute. Lizzo plays great. Go, Lizzo, go!
Naturally, the media swooned at the moment.
Sierra Fox, a reporter for Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., said the incident was “super amazing to witness.”
The New York Times celebrated Lizzo playing James Madison’s flute as “a symbolic moment.”
CNN’s write-up was positively hilarious: “She blew a few more fluttery notes on it, cautiously twerking as she played, as is her signature. After a few seconds, she held the flute high in the air, victorious, and carefully returned it to the staff waiting a few feet away.”
Victorious. A symbolic moment.
James Madison is a Founding Father, author of the Federalist Papers and the initial drafts of the Bill of Rights, resulting in his being referred to as the “Father of the Constitution,” and the fourth President of the United States.
He is regarded as one of the greatest statesmen ever to walk on this Earth.
Lizzo… well, she twerks a lot in ill-fitting clothes and doesn’t care what people think about it. So yea, truly historic and on par with other great moments in this nation’s history.
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Just one month prior to playing James Madison’s flute on stage, Lizzo accepted a “Video for Good” award at MTV’s “Video Music Awards” and promptly declared that she is ‘oppressed.’
“So I don’t know what music ‘video for good’ means, but I do know what your vote means,” she told the crowd. “And that’s your vote means everything. To me.”
“It means everything to making a change in this country,” expressed Lizzo. “So remember when you’re voting for your favorite artists vote to change some of these laws that are oppressing us.”
From being an ‘oppressed’ celebrity to playing the crystal flute of a Founding Father.
All while making millions by being unable to string together two full sentences using the English language and being heralded as a role model for wearing little more than a band-aid at all times and not giving a rip what she looks like.
Man, what a country.
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This is just gross
What a pitiful excuse for a human being.
No sense of propriety at all. A disgusting display of conceit.
Ian Anderson would have been more respectful.
This wanton lack of reverence for our historical artifacts, by this "artist" is unseemly, to say the least. One might use the word 'disgusting'.
I hope they wash the flute which is a national treasure in bleach.. Gotta get the ghetto smell off of it.
Someone at the Library of congress needs to be fired for this stunt. Priceless article. LIzzo is actually an accomplished flutist but no one should be playing this historical instrument.
James Madison has gone ghetto and in our hideously tacky culture, I didn't even bat an eye.
Funny how she loves history. She is thrilled to play the flute of a dead White slave owner. I mean, tear down statues, rename streets, buildings, mascots and towns named after these "racists" but please, let's celebrate the chance to desecrate an historical object, compliments of someone's government; not mine.
Why is BuyDem down to a 27% approval rating? Even is dead voters no longer approve of his job so far.
Who in the world is that woman? She was sickening. How dare she treat a piece of rare history like that while shaking her booty. Very disgusting.