pardon chelsea manning: anohni's latest music video is a message to obama

'Have mercy on her, Obama, friend of the trans community: I implore you to Free Chelsea Manning.'

by Isabelle Hellyer
06 December 2016, 8:10pm

Anohni has shared the music video for her song "Obama," off the stunning LP HOPELESSNESS. As with all videos from the record, the visceral clip brings us close to people's faces in blank, anonymous spaces. 

The singer, formerly known as Antony Hegarty, paired the video with an open letter to Obama. It reads "America's number one political prisoner is a transgendered former soldier who sits in solitary confinement after leaking video footage of US drone execution of a Reuters journalist." 

"Obama, please let Chelsea Manning out of prison," the letter continues. "Recognize her tremendous sacrifice, and her vulnerability. With Trump incoming, if you leave Chelsea in prison, she will never see the light of day, or worse." Read the full letter on Youtube, in the description of the video.


Text Isabelle Hellyer

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