ANOHNI has shared the video for “Obama,” the fifth singe from her album Hopelessness. Like the album’s other videos, the clip for the scathing critique of the current president consists solely of two extended close-ups of women, one of whom is lip-synching along. Beneath the video on YouTube, ANOHNI included an open letter to President Obama calling for the release of U.S. whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The video and letter are both below.
America’s number one political prisoner is a transgendered soldier
who sits in solitary confinement for revealing the US drone execution
of Reuters journalists.
“OBAMA, I voted for you. I campaigned for you across Europe. Like thousands of others, in the newspapers and on TV, I told European
press that you were a feminist, a kind and reasonable man, a just and
fair man, that you would restore our country’s dignity.
OBAMA, Please let Chelsea Manning out of prison.
Recognize her tremendous sacrifice, and her vulnerability.
With Trump incoming, if you leave Chelsea in prison,
she will never see the light of day, or worse.
If you leave Chelsea Manning in prison for whistle blowing
You send the final message to our nation
that the Obama administration brutally punished moral courage
in these unforgiving United States.
She has suffered Enough, President Obama.
She poses no threat.
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
Have mercy on her, Obama,
friend of the trans community:
I implore you to Free Chelsea Manning.”