On “Obama,” a song from the album Hopelessness that she released earlier this year, ANOHNI expresses a bottomlessly deep disappointment with the current President of the United States of America. Given that we know who’s waiting in the wings, the song almost feels quaint now. But ANOHNI has just released a video for the track, and with it, she’s written a statement imploring Obama to release Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning from prison. As with many of ANOHNI’s recent videos, this one consists entirely of faces against blank backgrounds. Below, watch the video and read ANOHNI’s open letter to Obama.
I voted for you, I campaigned for you across Europe,
Like thousands of others, in the newspapers and on TV, telling European press that you were a feminist, a kind an 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 there
She will never see the light of day, or worse.
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 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 prison.
Have mercy on her, Obama,
friend of the trans community:
I implore you to Free Chelsea Manning.
Helplessness is out now on Secretly Canadian.