Someone Please Explain What the Hell Is Going on With This Mary J. Blige, Hillary Clinton Interview

The awkward singing. The staring.


On Monday, Apple Music announced that the first episode of Mary J. Blige’s new show, The 411—an apparent reference to her 1992 debut album, What’s the 411?—will feature an exclusive sit-down with Hillary Clinton. A quick teaser of the interview was released on social media, where it created far more confusion than the excitement Apple likely intended.

As she sat with the Democratic presidential nominee in an intimate living room setting, Blige looked regal like the queen she is. She belts out Bruce Springsteen’s classic “American Skin (41 Shots),” while Clinton stares back intensely. Awkward, dramatic music plays in the background; cheap slow-mo effects abound.

Reactions to the clips were less than kind:

Done cringing? Now relive the masterpiece that is “Real Love” below and remember that both Blige and Clinton are too good for whatever just happened.

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