By now, we're all well aware that Donald Trump is a tremendous loser who has no famous friends. Celebrities, on the whole, tend to veer away from the scabrous little man in much the same way that babies do. Donald Trump is a racist and a misogynist. No good can come from being seen with him in public. And absolutely good can come from performing at his inauguration ceremony this Friday.
Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has realized this just in time. As the only talented person on a lineup that fatured some band, a sentient cowboy hat, and Trump's own daughter, Holliday's inclusion both grabbed headlines and disappointed a fanbase with strong roots in the LGBTQ community. Now, a day after being announced as a part of the grotesque festivities, Holliday has pulled out of the inauguration and apologized for considering it in the first place.
She wrote about her decision in an open letter to The Wrap:
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.
How the proposed "soft sensuality" will be achieved now is anybody's guess.
Photo via Jennifer Holliday on Instagram.
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