Jennifer Holliday Pulls Out of Trump Concert, Apologizes to LGBT Fans
UPDATE: Jennifer Holliday will no longer perform at Trump's welcome ceremony concert, The Wrap reports.
The singer pulled out of the event after facing backlash for her participation, and called her original decision a "lapse of judgment" in an open letter provided to the web site.
In her message, the performer apologized to the LGBT community, admitting she was "uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans."
Read her letter, below:
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Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having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,
ORIGINAL STORY: Despite Jennifer Holliday's rep's suggestion that the former Dreamgirls star "still hadn't made up her mind about doing the event," it seems that the singer will perform at Donald Trump's welcome celebration on January 19.
Speaking to the New York Times, the performer explained that while she doesn't view her decision to support Trump's event as being "political," she wants to do it "for the people."
"I’m singing on the mall for the people," she said. "I don’t have a dog in this fight — I’m just a singer, and it’s a welcome concert for the people on the mall."
Holliday added that she actually voted for Hillary Clinton, not Trump, and that the Trump administration knows that.
"I voted for Mrs. Clinton, and they knew that. If someone wants me to sing a national anthem or something, we think about America, and we go," she said.
According to the Times, Holliday also sang for the Reagans, both Bushes, and the Clintons.
Other confirmed Trump performers include country artist Toby Keith and rock band 3 Doors Down.
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