Monday, October 17, 2016

Awkward Cover Spotlight - Mary J. Blige's "American Skin (41 Shots)"



I must say, I am late to the party of this, having seen this already skewered on several late night talk shows.  But, for the uninitiated, here we go:

In an interview about three weeks ago, political powerhouse Mary J. Blige sat down with democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.  I didn't watch the whole thirty minute interview, but I"m sure it was a spirited discussion spanning numerous topics like emerging overseas markets, alternative energy solutions, and the ongoing Boko Haram conflict.  In the midst of all that, the conversation shockingly turned to police brutality, giving Mary J. a chance to serenade Secretary Clinton with an intimate performance of Bruce's "American Skin (41 Shots)".

The uncomfortability levels are off the charts and even moreso in the unedited, full version (the whole interview is here, and the singing starts at minute 18).  I'm so happy this moment exists - that Clinton actually sat down with Blige, that Blige is a Bruce fan, that Blige decided it'd be great to sing to Clinton during an interview, that Clinton had no idea how to process it.  While Bruce has been unusually quiet during this campaign (I'd assume he's a slightly wounded BernieBro, but that's just pure speculation), it's nice that he was able to somewhat contribute yet another WTF moment in this batshit crazy election.