Evanescence’s Amy Lee has taken to social media to open up about her political beliefs for the first time, saying that she “can’t stand by and keep [her] mouth shut while [her] country’s freedom is taken away.” The singer’s comments seem to be a response to the Senate’s vote to acquit Donald Trump in his impeachment trial.
Here’s Lee’s full statement:
“I have never spoken publicly about my political views. I can respect things that I don’t agree with and I have always wanted my music to be a free place where people of all beliefs, all colors, all genders can come together and have something in common.
But I can’t stand by and keep my mouth shut while my country’s freedom is taken away. It isn’t about one story, one side, or one party vs. another. It is simply about right and wrong, what is acceptable and what’s not. This isn’t good enough for me and it isn’t good enough for any of us. We deserve better.
I do not accept lying, cheating or bullying from my government.
Our inheritance is a free country, but the voices of many are being twisted and drowned out by the few in power.
I will never bow down to a dictator.
It’s very hard to believe that it’s gotten to this point because as an American, I’ve always had the privilege of believing in the shelter of my country, and the idea that if anyone who would abuse his power ever made it to the white House, that we would have the greater power to stand up as a nation and say no. It’s OUR country. We can’t let a few greedy suits steal it from us. We can’t let them tear us apart.
Republicans, Democrats, we are not enemies. We have been intentionally divided so we can be conquered. We are ALL being manipulated and used, and the only way to save ourselves is to break the boundaries of partisanship to band together and fight for truth. And we have to seek the truth for ourselves.
Don’t trust someone because they are in power or on TV. Bad people come into power all the time and if lying is allowed, they’ll tell you whatever you want to hear. Liars always try to make something simple seem confusing.
But here’s an easy one: Anyone who refuses to hear witnesses speak is clearly not seeking truth. Accepting this abuse says it’s okay for our leaders to lie to us, cheat on us, make decisions without our input, and silence us when we try to speak up. This isn’t about your policies or beliefs, it’s about our freedom.
Think for yourself. Seek the truth. Use your Voice.
– Amy Lee”