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Mary J. Blige Told People To "Shut The Fuck Up" About Her Clinton Interview

The singer appeared to sense a little too much hateration for the Apple Music teaser, and briefly expressed her disdain on Twitter.

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Mary J. Blige on Wednesday morning tweeted, "Everybody shut the fuck up," likely in reaction to the collective confusion over an ad for her upcoming interview with Hillary Clinton.

She also called people haters, crabs in a barrel, and simple-minded. Blige has since deleted the tweet.

The Apple Music teaser for an ~intimate~ interview between Blige and Clinton, set to air on Sept. 30, left people cringing and utterly confused.

Like you’ve never seen them before. @MaryJBlige sits down with @HillaryClinton. #The411 Coming September 30th.… https://t.co/TsiWhX57gX

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The one-minute ad, tweeted by Apple Music Monday night during Clinton and Donald Trump’s first presidential debate, began with the R&B songstress belting out Bruce Springsteen's American Skin (41 Shots) to Clinton.

The song starts: “If an officer stops you / Always be polite / And never, ever run away / Promise mama you’ll keep your hands in sight.”

Blige continues:

Is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life.

It ain’t no secret.
It ain’t no secret.

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Apple Music then tweeted a second, more serious video, in which Blige told Clinton that a lot of people in her community "think that Obama was blocked in Congress because he was black." She then asked how Clinton will do what Obama wasn't able to.

An intimate conversation. @MaryJBlige and @HillaryClinton. #The411 coming September 30 on Apple Music.… https://t.co/m67Dl0qZuy

Speaking to reporters after the ad aired, Blige said that she chose to sing to Clinton because it was the best way she knew to share the impact of the lyrics.

"I wanted to incorporate the song in the show because the lyrics resonated with me so deeply and so heavily because of all the shootings and police brutality and I never got a chance to say anything," Blige said, adding that she did not warm up before belting out the lyrics on camera.

Blige, who supports Clinton, also recalled her encounter with the candidate at the Democratic National Convention.

"My meeting with her at the DNC inspired the interview because when I met her, she was genuinely concerned about how I was doing. She hugged me like a grandma," she said.

The singer added that the interview is intended to show people who Clinton really is.

@incogneglo @AppleMusic @maryjblige @HillaryClinton

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@AppleMusic @tamronhall @maryjblige @HillaryClinton no, no, no... Oh no.

Me when I realized the Hillary Clinton/Mary J Blige Apple Music commercial was serious and not a Black Twitter paro… https://t.co/VkTB5M4v6t

But some are trying to unpack the interview and make some predictions.

@desusnice wait till Hill comes out at the next debate hitting this

Mary J. Blige is about to get Hillary Clinton to tear down that wall and build up a dancery.

Tamerra Griffin is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based Nairobi, Kenya.

Contact Tamerra Griffin at tamerra.griffin@buzzfeed.com.

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