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Legend flays Senators' treatment of sexual abuse accusers


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Singer John Legend says his yet to be launched song "Preach" is about how frustrating it is to read the news these days and how women who come forward with sexual abuse claims are treated.
Legend got political as he introduced "Preach" at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday, reports
"I wrote this song recently, it's not out yet. It's called 'Preach'. In the song we talk about how frustrating it can be to look at your phone, read the news, see what's happening," he told the audience assembled in Central Park.
"See how Senators treat women who come forward with sexual abuse claims. See how people ridicule young people who march for the right to go to school without getting shot up. See how people would denigrate those who make the very simple claim that black lives matter.
"We can get frustrated when we see all of that, but we can't give up. It's not enough for us to talk about it or tweet about it, we've got to do something."
He received screams and applause when mentioning Senators.
Legend said the song was inspired by people "who are out there doing something" and that the message of the song was that people can't just "preach" but must act.
He has been vocal in his opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination process saw Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
During the Kavanaugh and Ford hearings on the Senate floor, Legend tweeted that he believed Ford and that Kavanaugh sounded like "a complete asshole".
The singer has also starred in an ad opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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First Published: Sep 30 2018 | 1:24 PM IST

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