The Twitter account of singer and longtime ally Dionne Warwick has been exploding lately with an outpouring of support for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as some hilarious trolling of celebrities who can’t spell. Earlier today 79-yeard-old star of “Walk on By” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” fame admitted to Andy Cohen’s Radio Andy on SiriusXM that while she is fully onboard with everything posted, she wasn’t the one actually tweeting.
“My niece Brittani is a hysterical person, she’s funny as all get out,” Warwick revealed. “I told her she should have been a comedian.”
While her Twitter account made headlines over the weekend with its skewering of The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper, it also had been expressing support for the LGBTQ+ community in recent days and reminding fans of Warwick’s longtime commitment to the cause.
Baga Chipz of Drag Race UK fame was one of many who praised the post.
Warwick was an ally in the early days of HIV and one of the first to talk publicly about the crisis. Back in 1986, she famously raised $3 million for research and education with the cover of the 1982 song “That’s What Friends Are For” with Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight. The single became a massive hit and won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan appointed the singer as an honorary ambassador of health. The idea was to help spread awareness about HIV, but Reagan refused to say the word AIDS in any of their private discussions together. She got the last laugh at their press conference announcing her appointment.
“I said our president was benevolent enough to make me an Ambassador of Health,” Warwick recalled for People last year. “And I asked him ‘President Reagan, what is that disease you’re talking about?’ He had no choice but to say AIDS.”
Warwick indicated she will let her niece continue posting to her social media, partly because she doesn’t “know anything about that” but also because she was happy with Brittani’s postings.
“She has a wonderful way with words,” Warwick told Cohen.