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Jennifer Holliday drops out of Trump Inauguration, apologizes to LGBT community in letter


Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having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”

FILE UNDER: Controversy


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7 Remarks

  1. I wasn’t going to make it a big deal out of her performing at the inauguration because I believe everyone has the right to make their own decisions and learn from them, but I’m happy to hear she thought more about the impact of what she was doing and decided to drop out.

    For me it’s not about supporting the president. It’s about having a sociopath in office which is a great danger to our country and to the world. I will not support him in office as I believe he is truly dangerous for our well being.

    I’m a Democrat all the way, but this is completely different. I didn’t feel near this negative when Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush were in office. While they were in office, whether I agreed with their policy or not, I accepted them as my president. This is different. There is something terribly wrong with Donald Trump and I think people need to speak up more. This is why I applaud Meryl Streep for what she did.

  2. I think it takes balls to make this kind of apology. Many celebrities have given half-assed, terse comments in the past. This seems sincere.

  3. I agree with K. Martinez. This is what I posted to Facebook:

    I was sincerely surprised (and quite honestly very disappointed) that Jennifer Holliday was going to sing at the inauguration. Beyond any problems I might have with the incoming President, his running mate, Mike Pence, is a toxic man. For a “straight” man, he harbors a lot of hatred and venom towards gay men. In my experience, straight guys don’t really think about gays that much, let alone become obsessed with them like Pence is.

    Be that as it may, Jennifer Holliday is one of the most talented singers I’ve ever heard, and “I Am Love” is one of my favorite songs of hers. I actually have the CD of her greatest hits. She is phenomenal, and for many reasons, she’s become not just one of my favorites but a true gay icon.

    So again, I was sincerely surprised that she was going to sing at the inauguration.

    But I can’t make decisions for anyone other than myself.

    When Cyndi Lauper decided to play North Carolina instead of boycotting the state like Bruce and Pearl Jam, I felt betrayed as a very long-time gay fan and as a human being. But I still love her music, and I don’t regret buying her CDs (or albums – yes, once upon a time music use to only be available on LPs, LOL). I think I have eight of them now.

    Toby Keith is playing the inauguration, and I can promise you that won’t stop me from listening to and loving “How Do You Like Me Now?!” or “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like That” for the seven hundredth time.

    And I wasn’t going to stop loving Jennifer Holliday’s talent or spirit if she performed for the inauguration.

    But let me tell you, I am so glad she decided against it.

    This ridiculous hatred aimed at gays and lesbians – along with the hatred aimed at women, blacks, Mexicans, Muslims, the disabled, veterans, and so many others (coupled with the bizarre love of the Russians) – is why I’m terrified of what lies ahead. I don’t for a minute believe most of the people that voted for Trump and Pence are racists or bigots or any of that crap. But I do believe Trump and Pence are racists and bigots and more.

    So thank you, Jennifer, from the bottom of my heart, for choosing to honor your loving fans. We would have stuck with you regardless. It’s just wonderful to know that you would do the same. :-)


  5. *phew* I’m really, really, really happy Jennifer is not performing! I can calm down for a minute now.

    Like K. Martinez so beautifully stated, all this that’s happening right now is foreign to all of us. We’re days away from an extremely thin-skinned, meglomaniacal, ill-equipped, mentally-unstable person to lead our country……AND I AM TERRIFIED. Not only as a gay man, but also as a senior citizen and just a citizen. I will fight against this presidency in every way possible with every fiber of my being.

    On a lighter note, I sure hope you all have been enjoying Alec Baldwin’s spot-on and hilarious impersonation of trump on SNL. I laugh so hard. Alec will win an Emmy for his portrayal.

  6. Joe, I agree with you. It isn’t just about being a gay man. It’s about being a citizen of this country. It effects everyone.

    And yes, I’ve been enjoying Alec Baldwin’s trump portrayal on SNL. He’s always hilarious.

  7. @Joe-I know how you feel. We’re all terrified but let’s turn our fear into fuel. We need to pressure our House and Senate members more than ever to keep this thin skinned whiny little bitch Pee POTUS in check and it has to be continuous. We cannot let all of the progress we’ve made over the last 8 years fall by the wayside. We have to FIGHT!

    Peace be with you.

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