The liberal media is reporting constantly on the difficulty Donald Trump and company are having in finding performers for his inauguration – as if they aren’t partially responsible.Who’d want to perform at his inauguration if it’s going to lead to them being ridiculed in the media?
And it’s not just the media. Would you believe the same people who express their frustration with losing by blocking off highways, smashing storefronts, setting police cars ablaze, and threatening electors would also threaten celebrities who dare perform at Trump’s inauguration? Those who performed at Obama’s inaugurals (Beyonce, U2, Stevie Wonder, and Bruce Springsteen) didn’t have to worry about that, but those who’ve agreed to perform at Trump’s quickly faced backlash.Sixteen-year old “America’s Got Talent” contestant Jackie Evancho received “intense backlash” for daring to perform the Star-Spangled Banner at the end of the ceremony despite having a transgender sibling (as if Trump has ever said anything anti-transgender ever). She’s remaining as a performer, but a number have dropped out – the most recent being Andrea Bocelli and “Dreamgirl” Jennifer Holiday. Bocelli, who is blind, dropped out after receiving death threats.
In regards to Holiday, The Advocate adds that: After first defending her decision to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration next week, Grammy- and Tony-winning Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has backed out of the performance.
The longtime advocate for LGBT rights and HIV funding said a “lapse in judgment” was behind her decision to perform at the deeply divisive and unpopular president-elect’s swearing-in ceremony on Friday. While the Hillary Clinton-voter initially defended her performance as non-political, by Saturday she had a change of heart.
In a contrite letter, Holliday deeply apologized for her actions, repeatedly thanking LGBT fans.
She states in the letter that “ I was asked to sing a song for what was presented to me as the “Welcome Concert For The People”– in my mind I was reflecting on the past times of being asked to sing for presidents and I only focused on the phrase “For The People”… I thought, For America!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.
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!
I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.”Such a statement truly is a testament to the power of the liberal media in creating a narrative. How else do you explain a woman profusely apologizing to the LGBT community for daring to perform at the inauguration of the only man to be sworn into the presidency in American history (excluding Obama’s second inauguration) who doesn’t oppose gay marriage?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]