As the countdown to Trump’s most vetoed inauguration in history begins tomorrow just one of the many artists who backed out of performing – Jennifer Holliday gives an interview and insight into how it was her gay fans and the LGBT community that made her decide.
Grammy and Tony winner Jennifer Holliday of Dreamgirls fame apologised to the LGBT community in a public letter to The Wrap after reading an article by The Daily Beast about the LGBT community who felt betrayed and heart-broken by Jennifer for agreeing (or as it actually was thinking about) performing at Trump’s inauguration.
Jennifer received death threats, hateful and racist abuse from people on her Twitter and Instagram after it was made public that she was considering performing at Trump’s inauguration.
In an interview on The View with Whoopi Goldberg she explains why, as she called it, had a ‘Lapse of Judgement.’
When asked on The View why did she initially consider performing she said:
Because I’m an artist and I love America, it didn’t dawn on me. I have performed for four other Presidents. I didn’t think anything of it. I’m just trying to think what I’m gonna wear, it just didn’t really dawn on me this was a bad thing and we weren’t doing America right now, it was like, we’re not doing America right now, we doing something totally different… My voice I felt could be used a as an instrument of healing and unity… and I thought that we had instructions from the Obama and the Clintons that it was a go ahead and we’re doing a cease-fire for one day.
I just wanted to sing! I don’t really understand! And it did take them to point it out to me, because the gay community said Dreamgirls for 35 years has been faithfully there for me and then also the article in The Daily Beast they threw my own words back to me and I’m not a liar or a hypocrite so I had to look at my words and they were hurting and they were in pain and I probably would have done the same thing if anybody had painted the issues to me but everybody was just hurling insults at me and calling me all kind of names
In her public apology to the LGBT community (who have been avid supporters for many years) she said:
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!
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.
Watch the full interview here: