Sheryl Crow doesn’t have time for critics of her political expressions.
The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter took to social media in defense of her First Amendment rights, and in opposition of the idea that artists should only “shut up and sing.”
“I have a right to express my opinion under the First Amendment, just as you do, whether I am well known or not known at all,” she wrote. “My ‘celebrity’ has nothing to do with the way I feel about the future for our children and the safety of our planet.”
The Nashville-based artist and mother of two has been very vocal about her disappointment with President Trump and the current state of our democracy, expressing her concern for environmental issues, healthcare and equality, among other issues.
But Sheryl reiterates in her post that her political interests didn’t just develop overnight, and that her criticisms do not single out only certain people or parties. She wants fair and just from both sides, and has for a long time.
“The old ‘shut up and sing’ adage does not apply here as I have spent 25 years writing about injustice by every president from Clinton to Trump,” she noted.
For Sheryl, it’s not about everyone people agreeing on everything. It’s about peaceful and civil disagreements and thoughtful conversation between both sides.
“If you do not agree with my opinions, either thoughtfully engage, or you have the choice to not follow me,” she wrote. “I don’t agree with the anonymous hate rants that seem to be taking over our social media feeds.”
For the most part, fans and followers commenting on her post have been very positive, most agreeing with the singer and a few respectfully disagreeing with her thoughts. It seems like Sheryl may be starting to get her wish.