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Lizzo Invited to Play at James Madison's Estate After Flute Fuss

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Conservatives can stay mad, but Lizzo keeps on winning.

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Haters who have been throwing a hissy fit over Lizzo taking James Madison’s 200-year-old crystal flute out for a spin are about to clutch their fake little pearls even harder.

The singer has been invited to perform at Madison’s historic property in Virginia by his estate, who had nothing but kind words for her mad flute skills.

“The incredibly talented Lizzo brought history to life when she played Madison’s flute at a packed concert in Washington, DC last week,” they told PEOPLE. “We are overjoyed that Lizzo shared the now-famous instrument’s beautiful music with the world as her songs are an example of how music is a universal language that brings people together.

“This is exactly what Montpelier [the estate] strives for: bringing Americans closer by telling a more complete American story rooted in whole truth history.”

Professional conservatives performed outrage after video of Lizzo playing Madison’s flute at her concert went viral recently, claiming it was somehow “desecrating American history.”

In reality, the Library of Congress had invited Lizzo, who has a lengthy background in both classical music broadly and the flute specifically, to visit and play flutes from their collection. They were so impressed with her during her visit that they allowed her a few moments on stage with the flute to share its sounds with a wide audience for the very first time.


The Library of Congress ultimately had to explain that inviting skilled musicians to play instruments in its collection is nothing out of the ordinary — instruments are meant to be played.

But considering no one stirring up outrage turned around and apologized for the misunderstanding after that clarification, it seems unlikely the flute being played in general was what was actually upsetting to these people in the first place.

And the news that Lizzo now has an invitation to keep making history on historic grounds already has fans celebrating, both on her behalf and because spiteful critics keep on losing.



No word yet on whether Lizzo intends to accept the invitation, but it sounds like the estate is keeping it open-ended.

“Recognizing how busy Lizzo’s schedule is, both James Madison’s Montpelier and the Montpelier Descendants Committee enthusiastically welcome the superstar to bring her music to Montpelier, where we are committed to honoring the legacies of President James Madison, the U.S. Constitution, and generations of enslaved Americans.”

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.