Janelle Monáe sent out an apology on Monday after joining others in criticizing the recent craze over fast-food chicken sandwiches. 

The Grammy winner stepped in hot water on Sunday when she tweeted, "Perhaps we put voting booths at every Popeyes location? While we wait on that sammich you can register and vote @popeyes holla.”



Despite some strange support from actress Cynthia Erivo, Monáe's message was thoroughly dragged by thousands online who called it elitist, out of touch and plainly unnecessary.


To her credit, Monáe admitted that her tweets were insensitive and deleted them. Unfortunately, she gave voice to a long-running stereotype that others online continued to imply throughout the week. This sentiment, that Black people do not vote or don't prioritize voting over certain things, is patently false.




Census Bureau researchers have shown that for decades, Black people have routinely driven national voting patterns and propelled candidates into office across the country. Black people were the engine behind the 2018 wave of candidates who won Democratic House seats.