Country star Shania Twain made some political comments that did not impress fans much.
In an interview with The Guardian that went online on Sunday, the Canadian singer revealed that were she able to vote in the 2016 U.S. election, she would’ve cast a ballot for Donald J. Trump.
“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” she said. “Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
Soon after the interview went live, fans exploded across social media with criticism for Twain.
The singer issued a lengthy apology on Twitter on Sunday, writing, “I would like to apologize to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with The Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context. I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President. I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician. My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”
However, the apology seemed to only incite more criticism, this time from the right wing and Trump supporters.