EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Ani DiFranco Speaks Candidly About 'Plantation' Controversy
Folk singer and feminist icon Ani DiFranco talked frankly with Acoustic Guitar this past weekend about a controversy that went viral in December after her fans learned that the staunchly progressive singer had scheduled a songwriting workshop on a former slave plantation.
âI saw the word âplantationâ and I thought, âWhoa! Thatâs going to be weird,ââ DiFranco said during an interview in AGâs Acoustic CafĂ© on Friday, March 7.
âBut I didnât realize that there are women in my audience who were like, âNo, thatâs beyond weird. I canât go there.ââ
DiFranco shared blame for the decision with others in her camp who organized the workshop, acknowledging her own blind spot in thinking the plantation locale could serve as a teachable moment. She later cancelled the event. The singer, who has written anti-racist sentiments into numerous songs and worked for many anti-racism causes, also repeated her apology to fans who were hurt by the decision.
Stay tuned for more from DiFrancoâs interview and performance. Also check upcoming issues for a full feature story on the singer/songwriter.