While ballots are still being counted in the anxiety-inducing 2020 U.S. election, John Legend shared a spot-on meme that connects this historical moment to the 2017 Oscars fiasco.
Twitter user @AyoTristan compared in-person voting to La La Land, the film that was prematurely and incorrectly announced as best picture at the 89th Academy Awards, and and mail-in ballots to Moonlight, the film that actually won the award.
One person took the comparison to heart: John Legend, who was an executive producer and star of the non-winning La La Land. “I felt this hahaha,” Legend tweeted on Wednesday (Nov. 4).
The singer performed “Wake Up Everybody” by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and “Never Break” and shared an impassioned speech in Philadelphia on Monday night during the final Joe Biden and Kamala Harris rally. He dedicated the last song to his wife Chrissy Teigen, who made her first public appearance with their children Luna and Miles after their devastating pregnancy loss in late September.
“So yes, we’ve lost a lot,” Legend said behind a piano while reflecting on the coronavirus pandemic and recent police shooting of Philly native Walter Wallace, Jr. “But Philadelphia, what we haven’t lost is our ability to decide what happens next. In this election, your vote will decide whether we’re a country that allows this pandemic to continue indefinitely or one with a plan to end it.”
See the Oscars-inspired meme below.
I felt this hahaha https://t.co/uGJYNHicBj
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 4, 2020