The musical lineup for Donald Trump’s inauguration isn’t good enough to headline a rich kid’s sweet 16 party, and he just lost another performer. Jennifer Holliday announced she will not perform at a pre-inauguration concert for Donald Trump as planned, citing a “lapse in judgment.”
Holliday, who starred in Dreamgirls on Broadway in 1981, published an open letter given exclusively to TheWrap apologizing to the LGBT community.
I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country… Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence
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Holliday had previously performed for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush and described herself as a “bipartisan songbird.” In her letter, she referred to a widely-cited Daily Beast article that described Holliday’s close relationship with the LGBT community and detailed Trump and Mike Pence’s anti-LGBT positions on many political issues. That article prompted Holliday to withdraw from Trump’s inauguration, she said.
In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!
A huge number of musicians who have been asked to perform for Trump’s inauguration festivities have turned him down. As of Saturday, country singer Toby Keith, rock band 3 Doors Down, and America’s Got Talent alum Jackie Evancho are still planning to perform.