John Legend had a clever, timely response to the controversy over whether Melania Trump plagiarized some lines from first lady Michelle Obama in her Republican National Convention speech.
On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee's chief strategist, Sean Spicer, reportedly attempted to argue that the lines Melania allegedly swiped from a past speech given by Obama were common phrases used by numerous celebrities. "When it comes to the speech, let’s actually put this in perspective,” Spicer said. “In a 2,000-word statement, we’re talking about 70 words, three passages. Melania Trump said, 'You work hard for what you get in life.' John Legend said, 'Work hard to be anything you want in life.' Kid Rock said, ‘Work hard to be anything you want in life.'"
Upon seeing Spicer's comment, Legend responded by quoting the last line from Taylor Swift's statement, where she reacts to Kim Kardashian West leaking a recording on Snapchat that has her seemingly signing off on a lyric in Kanye West's song, "Famous."
"I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative," the R&B artist tweeted.
I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative https://t.co/I46VtY2CXI— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 19, 2016
Swift used the line upon insisting that she did not know that West would refer to her as a "b**ch" in the song, and also referenced him interrupting her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. "Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination," she wrote. "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009."
In March, the 37-year-old singer called the presidential hopeful a "racist" during a heated Twitter battle with the presumptive nominee's son, Donald Trump, Jr.
Trump, Jr. had weighed in on the protesters who shut down his father's scheduled rally in Chicago, tweeting: "Ha, five students when asked why they were protesting couldn't even answer. The participation medal/micro aggression generation is pretty sad!"
Legend responded, "@DonaldJTrumpJr I think they were protesting your racist father. This isn't complicated."
When a Trump supporter chimed in, accusing the Oscar winner of having "no education," he tweeted back: "The Donalds and I graduated from the same University, funny enough."
Legend, Trump and Trump, Jr. all attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with degrees in English, economics and finance, respectively.