Tunde Olaniran summed up the Flint water crisis in one perfect tweetstorm

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Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder announced that due to decreasing levels of lead in Flint's water supply, the state would cease sending the city bottled water once current supplies run out.

Yay! Crisis over, right? Wrong.

Tunde Olaniran, a Flint-based musical artist, isn't buying the governor's cheerfully delivered news. He launched into a twitterstorm in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, lampooning everything from the horrible optics of the state approving Nestlé to pump Michigan freshwater the very same week it announced it would stop sending Flint bottled water, to the systemic racism that led to the water crisis, to what it's been like to live without reliable city water for the past four years.

"My accumulated water bill is almost at $1,500 at this point," he tweeted. "I'm not paying."

Tunde's initial tweet got shared more than 20,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon. It and its following tweets are embedded below.

Olaniran released his latest single "Vulnerable" last week. His forthcoming record, Stranger, is slated for a summer release.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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