Chrisette Michele had a rough week. One could make the argument the singer-songwriter brought it on herself by performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration ball, but that’s neither here nor there. After being raked over the coals by Black Twitter, and then having her song “Black Girl Magic” be removed from Spike Lee’s forthcoming Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, Michele’s manager and soon-to-be husband Doug “Biggs” Ellison had enough of people–namely Lee–talking about his lady.
In an open letter directed towards the acclaimed film director, Ellison keeps his thoughts about Lee nixing his future wife’s music from the show pretty concise.
“Open Letter To Spike Lee: F**k You!” Ellison said in a now-deleted Instagram post. It should be no surprise Ellison stood up for his fiancee, however, it is surprising that along with the “open letter,” Michele released a poem “No Political Genius” as a response to those who questioned her decision, to begin with.
But I won’t let this defeat us. I refuse to back down.
I’ll use my art as my crown.
You can call me your fool
rehearse lines you didn’t learn in these schools
Your hateful words won’t be my definition.
Listen to Chrisette Michele’s fiery poetic rebuttal below.