Donald Trump’s inauguration troubles continue to pile up. Jennifer Holliday, famed singer and Dreamgirls star, had originally agreed to play at Donald Trump’s downsized, un-bigly inaugural ceremonies along with such saloon jukebox A-listers like Toby Keith and washed-up has-beens like 3 Doors Down. Nobody more prominent has agreed to play, a fact which bothers Trump more and more with each passing day as he is denied the adulation of the celebrities he craves so desperately.
But today, Holliday announced she realized that she had made terrible mistake, and announced that she would be pulling out of the inauguration. In a heartfelt letter to her angry fans, she apologized to the LGBT community for agreeing to perform at the inauguration of one of the most notorious homophobes in the United States; vice-president-elect Mike Pence, who legislated his anti-gay religious extremism into law while he was governor of Indiana.
We can expect an angry Trump Twitter rant about how she’s overrated and a terrible singer at any moment.
TO MY BELOVED LGBT COMMUNITY:
Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush.
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.
Please know that I HEAR YOU and I feel your pain. The LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you… You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even though my star had long since faded.
Thank you for communicating with me, I had no idea that I still meant so much to all of you.
Thank you for your posted comments both the good supportive ones as well as the ugly hurtful ones.
With LOVE & Appreciation,
“The Original DreamGirl”