Fiona Apple wants to help out the more than 2,500 migrant children that have been separated from their parents.
The “Criminal” songstress is doing some good by donating royalties from the song to help fund the organization While They Wait, which helps assist immigrants that need asylum.
“After months and months of reading the news about how my country is treating refugees, I’ve become gutted with frustration trying to figure out the best way to help,” the Grammy-winning artist said in a message posted on a Tumblr fan site. “It seems to me that the best way I can help detainees is to contribute to payment of their legal fees.”
“What they need is representation and guidance because these people are being prosecuted as criminals just for asking for asylum,” she added. “When they are separated from their children they need help navigating the system. They need to be bailed out of prison. They need money to pay for the ankle bracelets they are forced to rent and wear while awaiting arraignment, for crying out loud.”
“I could write a song about this, and maybe I will,” Apple continued, “but for now, I will use ‘Criminal’ to help the WRONGLY criminalized get justice… I have decided to pledge all of my earnings from ‘Criminal’ over this year and next to this organization.”
Apple explained that “Criminal” is her “most requested song” that TV shows and movies often ask to use.
So go on, stream Apple’s 1996 hit song all day long.