Mercury Prize winner posts lengthy statement
ANOHNI the artist formerly known as Antony & The Johnsons, has shared a new video for her song ‘Obama’ and urged the outgoing US President to free Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
The singer posted a lengthy message in the clip, which you can watch below.
“Obama, please let Chelsea Manning out of prison,” it reads. “Recognise her tremendous sacrifice, and her vulnerability… If you leave her in prison, you send the final message to our nation that the Obama administration brutally punished moral courage in these unforgiving United States.”
She continued: “Show us the heart of the Obama administration now. The election is over. There is no political advantage left in allowing Chelsea to perish in prison.”
Manning, is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence in maximum security for charges stemming from her leaking of classified information in 2010.
Manning is a transgender woman who, in a statement the day after sentencing in 2013, said she had felt female since childhood, wanted to be known as Chelsea and desired to begin hormone replacement therapy.
From early life and through much of her Army life, Manning was known as Bradley. She was diagnosed with gender identity disorder while in the Army.
Meanwhile, ANOHNI recently hit out at Apple Music and streaming services.
The singer blasted artist partnerships with multinational corporations and huge companies.
“Musicians have been stripped of the ability to effectively sell our music as an object,” she said.
“Now we are being herded into all these shady situations. So, now, say the focus of your music is social justice – social justice becomes a big part of your ‘brand’. You do some TV shows and get lots of followers on Twitter. As soon as you have enough followers, the corporations come knocking to rent out your brand, which they then turn around and use as a pheromone to sell their products. You use that money to make a music video and pay your recording costs.”