Mary J. Blige in Beverly Hills
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Mary J. Blige Defends Her Awkward Hillary Clinton Serenade

Earlier this week, Apple Music released a commercial for Mary J. Blige’s new series with the company, “The 411.” The series takes after the title of Blige’s first album “What’s The 411.”

In the clip, Blige serenaded Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with “American Skin” by Bruce Springsteen.

This song is about Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo being gunned down by New York police in 1999.

Although the lyrics of the song still hold true to what’s going on with police brutality and injustice in the United States today, viewers felt pretty awkward while watching the clip.

Mary experienced much ridicule and became the subject of a few clever memes as a result of the clip.

During a press run for her upcoming show, Blige defends herself by explaining that by being a singer first, she just did what came naturally to her.

“I wanted to incorporate the song in the show because the lyrics resonated with me so deeply and so heavily because of all the shootings and police brutality and I never got a chance to say anything. I’m a singer first …so that’s the only way I can express myself and …the only way I can get that reaction from (Hillary) is to sing it.”

Many felt the moment was forced, but according to Mary it was an organic moment that she believes Hillary felt. Do you think Hillary was feeling it?

Well, we’ll never have to sit through this awkward moment again as Mary vows to never sing to any of her other guests. Mary was pretty fed up as she also tweeted and deleted a message to her critics telling everyone to shut the f*ck up!