R&B singer, multi-millionaire Macy Gray appeared to pooh-pooh her own enormous success when she showed absolute disdain for the American flag – a symbol of prosperity and freedom to millions.
In a recent, pre-Juneteenth op-ed piece written for MarketWatch, Gray claimed that the American flag had become a “replacement” for the Confederate flag. And that it was “a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery.”
In response to Gray’s attempt at moral superiority, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) wrote on her Twitter account, (@laurenboebert), ‘There are 195 countries in the world. 194 of them don’t have the American flag.
“If Macy Gray or anyone else hates the American flag so badly, they should pick a flag they like & go live in the country that flies it.”
During her self-penned rant, against Old Glory, Gray advocated for the destruction of the quintessential symbol of free speech and democracy, yet oddly quipped that “America is great.”
Quite confusing since Gray’s career is a prime example of the American dream. Over the last two decades, the entertainer has amassed a sizable and undeniable fortune.
There is some controversy surrounding her wealth, and in the wake of Gray’s incendiary comments, Fox Business composed a compilation of several reports citing hefty figures. While Celebrity Net Worth reported her worth at $12 million, Wealthy Genius listed her net worth, as of June 2021, at a whopping $22 million.
In 2006 she sold her Colonial-style, 10,000-square-foot seven-bedroom home for $4.5 million. She currently lives with her three children in Tarzana, CA. In an article by The Cut, she describes her home as “having a long hill” and “a tennis court.”
Interestingly enough, the Huffington Post reported that the Ohio-born Gray was oblivious to her net worth until, during an interview, she consulted clebritynetworth.com on her phone – discovering it to be $38 million.
No matter which way you slice it, Gray has done better than most monetarily.
This lack of personal awareness may contribute to Gray’s myopic claim that the American flag “no longer represents democracy and freedom – and is “tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect.”
Gray’s accumulated wealth can be attributed to numerous, sometimes lucky, career opportunities. In 1985 she was accepted into the University of Southern California to study scriptwriting, where she befriended classmates, Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy.
Over time her success and wealth grew. She developed a film biography most seasoned actors would envy. Gray has earned fifteen nominations, including three coveted Grammy Awards. These include best new artist, song of the year, record of the year, and best female R&B vocal performance. Outside of music, she continues her empire in television, and film including parts in “Phobias” and “Dutch,” “Big City Greens,” and most recently, “The Paperboy” (2021), alongside Matthew McConaughey, and Nicole Kidman, and a new band – Macy Gray and the California Jet Club.
According to the NME, the hyper-wealthy 53-year-old performer has had a lifetime of controversy and apology.
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