In her 30+ year career, Broadway performer Jennifer Holliday has sung for four presidential inauguration ceremonies without encountering any resistance or controversy. But Holliday, who starred in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls in 1981, was forced to back out of the Donald Trump inauguration due to legions of angry, bitter LGBT fans.
A few days after Holliday was announced to sing at the Make America Great Again concern on Thursday, the singer pulled out of the concert with an open letter to her supporters. Backlash from her gay and lesbian fans was so intense, Holliday said, that she felt it necessary to remove herself from the event.
Published at TheWrap, Holliday’s letter began with a salutation to her “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Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having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 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!
You can’t really hate on Holliday for making this choice; she’s not going to risk her album sales going in the toilet because her fans are too blinded by their own hate to separate politics from patriotism. So she had to get out there and pander. No shame in hustling. Trump supporters aren’t going to pay her rent.
But her fans – the LGBT mafia, essentially – should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. What is their game? What has Trump ever said against gays and lesbians? This is pure leftist garbage. No singer or performer must condone the EVIL DONALD TRUMP. It’s pathetic.