Being a pop artist doesn’t exactly have a stringent list of requirements. You’ve pretty much just got to make it onto reality TV, hit people the right way, and if you’re sitting pretty. This is a time honored system in America, and no one is knocking it, but we would submit to you that those requirements don’t qualify a person to be taken seriously when they weigh in on political issues. Of course, these entertainers are welcome to voice their opinion, it just might get them in trouble with the fans.
That’s the position that pop star and former American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson finds herself in after what she said about Michelle Obama in a recent interview. Apparently, Clarkson is a fan of the former First Lady and she’s even used one of her speeches as the basis for a new song. The former FLOTUS’s laughable mantra about “going high” struck a chord with the idealistic pop singer, and the result was an inspired single on her new album. Billboard reported on the upcoming album, set to drop next month:
Kelly Clarkson has nothing but love for the former FLOTUS. On her upcoming album Meaning of Life, Clarkson used Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high” speech from the 2016 Democratic National Convention as inspiration for the song “Go High.”
“When Michelle said that I was like, ‘That is the perfect idea for this song!’” Clarkson told Entertainment Weekly in a recent cover story. “Everyone relates to that. No one has gone through life without relating to at some point having to take the high road.” Clarkson revealed her appreciation for the speech while sharing an anecdote about teaching her stepdaughter how to shake off online hate.
‘Even with our daughter [Savannah, 16], we just had this conversation in the car, someone was being cruel to her on social media — silly stupid teenage stuff and being just horrible behind the scenes,’ Clarkson recalled. ‘It was one of those moments where you’re like, ‘That’s going to continue to happen. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are s—ty people out there, unhappy people trying to bring you down because they’re not happy. You’ve just got to take the high road. I know that sucks — no one wants to hear that, you totally want to punch them in the face. But at the end of the day, you doing that is just exerting your energy. They’re not going to care either way.’”
The concept of “going high” is a great one, it’s just a little bit laughable to hear it being attributed to Michelle Obama. How about going back to Jesus asking us to turn the other cheek, or the countless other heroes throughout history who said things like that and actually did them.
The Obamas ran a campaign that was more pandering and race-baiting that any in the history of the United States. Any candid recount of his campaign would say that Barrack Hussain Obama won the Presidency because of his race. Despite all the cries of racism, the Obamas have encouraged more racial divide than anyone of national importance since the civil rights movement picked up steam decades ago. But somehow the liberal agenda has completely covered that part up.
Clarkson teamed up with Jesse Shatkin and MoZella (co-writers of ‘Take You High’ and recent single ‘Love So Soft’) for this inspiring new track. “Go High” puts music to Clarkson’s experience of taking the high road. ‘Unlovely people do unlovely things — it’s that lesson,’ Clarkson told the magazine, adding, ‘It’s very easy to be just as ugly or unlovely, but it’s harder to aim higher.’
The singer put action behind those words this past summer when she went viral for shutting down a body-shaming Twitter troll. After the troll called her fat in a now deleted tweet, Clarkson simply replied ‘…and still f—ing awesome,’ pointing out later that she can’t spend all her time calling people out “because it’d be a 24/7 f—ing job.”
“Going high” or refusing to stoop to the level of those who would try to bring others down really is a fantastic goal to try and achieve. You might have heard someone say that you shouldn’t ever wrestle a pig; you’ll just both get dirty and the pig likes it. It’s the same with those who try to divert your attention away from the real issues; you can play defense and run around, defending all these issues that don’t need defending, or you can just focus on the real issues and let the truth speak for itself.
There’s little chance that Melania Trump will spend much time crying about Kelly Clarkson paying tribute to her predecessor, as Melania only has a short time to leave a legacy as our First Lady. If all Michelle ends up being remembered for are bad lunches and a cute catch phrases, that would probably be an accurate description of her time in office. I just can’t wait to see what Melania will do with her position.