Common And Andra Day Call Out President Trump, NRA
Rapper Common and singer Andra Day received a standing ovation after their Oscars performance calling out President Trump and the National Rifle Association.
The pair took the stage to perform an original song and ended up delivering the most politicized — and the most heavily applauded — moment of the 2018 Academy Awards.
Common kicked off the song by rapping about his support for DREAMers and feminists, stating, “immigrants get the benefits we put up monuments for the feminists.”
“Tell the NRA they in god’s way,” Common continued, “and to the people of Parkland we say sentiments of love for the people from Africa, Haiti to Puerto Rico.”
Day’s chorus stayed relatively neutral, speaking to the values of respect and dignity, but Common’s second verse proved just as political as the first.
“These days we dance between love and hate don’t know the date so we stay awake,” he rapped. “A knee we take for our soul’s sake new victory off our old faith.”
“A president that trolls with hate he don’t control our fate because God is great. When they go low we stay in the heights I stand for peace, love and women’s rights.”
The song finished with Day urging people “stand up for something” as Common told the audience they stand for DREAmers and immigrants.