- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 12, 2017

Paris Jackson mixed politics with music Sunday at the 59th Grammy Awards when she gave a shout-out to the Dakota Access pipeline protesters.

“We can really use this kind of excitement at a pipeline protest, guys,” said the 18-year-old daughter of iconic pop star Michael Jackson before she introduced The Weeknd and Daft Punk. “Hashtag NoDAPL!”

Her anti-pipeline message was as one of several political outbursts despite predictions that this year’s awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles would be chock full of political posturing against President Trump.

Rap legends Busta Rhymes and A Tribe Called Quest went full anti-Trump in a late performance, calling him “evil” and “President Agent Orange.”

Another entertainer who unloaded was singer Katy Perry, delivering a laundry list of political messages as she performed her new single “Chained to the Rhythm.”

She wore a “Persist” armband, an apparent reference to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recent insistence that “we will persist” after she was cut off during Senate floor debate on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

In addition, Ms. Perry wore a Planned Parenthood logo on the lapel of her white Tom Ford suit. The designer has said he will not dress First Lady Melania Trump.

On stage with Ms. Perry was a fence, which was seen as a reference to Mr. Trump’s support for a border wall. She ended her song by shouting “No hate!” with a projection of the U.S. Constitution behind her.

The Trump administration approved last week the final easement for the Dakota Access pipeline, which is about 99 percent complete, despite opposition from the Standing Rock Sioux and environmental groups.


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