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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 2:50 PM

Tunde Olaniran. - JACOB LEWKOW
  • Jacob Lewkow
  • Tunde Olaniran.

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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