The Librarian of Congress got out James Madison’s special flute so Lizzo could play it during her concert in Washington, D.C.
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The “About Damn Time” singer set off a firestorm online after she “twerked” with the former president’s musical instrument.
“B-tch, I just twerked and played James Madison’s crystal flute from the 1800’s,” Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, told fans after handing the flute back to the Library of Congress staff.
Fox 5 reporter, Sierra Fox, tweeted out video of the moment with the caption: “Of course – it’s the nation’s capital so Secret Service and Capitol Police joined her on stage? Why? Because she is the FIRST ever to play President James Madison’s 1813 crystal flute courtesy of Library of Congress. Super amazing to witness!”
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“HISTORY IS FREAKIN’ COOL” –@lizzo! Of course – it’s the nation’s capital so @SecretService & @CapitolPolice joined her on stage. Why? Because she is the FIRST ever to play President James Madison’s 1813 crystal flute courtesy of @librarycongress. Super amazing to witness! pic.twitter.com/aQRSsVhrv0— Sierra Fox (@thesierrafox) September 28, 2022
“They degrade our history and then call you racist if you actually value it,” Greg Price said.
Matt Walsh said it was done “to send the message that our heritage and history are meaningless and that nothing we love or care about has any value.”
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Walsh added, “Lizzo is a morbidly obese weirdo in a thong twerking around on stage while playing with a priceless piece of American history. That’s the ‘level of care’ we’re talking about. Also, I don’t give a flying shit if it’s an honor for HER. That’s not the point at all.”
Making history in DC: @lizzo playing James Madison’s crystal flute from @librarycongress tonight! @nbcwashington @Telemundo44 pic.twitter.com/kYTTacURyZ— Vince Lattanzio (@VinceLattanzio) September 28, 2022
Carla Hayden, the first African American librarian of Congress, called Lizzo “a gift to all of us.”
The Library of Congress responded to the backlash online:
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“For those concerned about the flute: Music Division curators made sure it could be played without damage,” it said in a tweet. “This sort of thing is not all that unusual, in fact.”