Quincy Jones: No, I’m Not Attending Trump’s New Year’s Eve Party And I Don’t Know Why They Said That

Variety reports:

A spokesman for Quincy Jones says that he will be spending New Year’s Eve with his family in Los Angeles and will not be attending a party hosted by President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Earlier on Friday, in a transition team call with reporters, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said that Jones and actor Sylvester Stallone were among those on the guest list for the party, with about 800 guests attending.

Jones’s spokesman, Arnold Robinson, said that he wouldn’t be attending, and didn’t know where Trump’s team got the information. Spicer also told reporters that Trump’s wife Melania and son Barron would attend, with events including a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and dancing in the grand ballroom, according to The Hill.

Variety notes that Jones is longtime Democratic fundraiser and supporter of Hillary Clinton.

  • bkmn

    Get used to constant lies from this administration.

    • Jeffg166

      Is there anything else?

    • David Walker

      It’s not even truthiness.

    • crewman

      The Illegitimate Presidency. We have to find a way to break through the right-wing propaganda bubble and make people care about facts again.

      • Richard, another Canuck

        Bring back the Fairness Doctrine.

        • crewman

          The risk of that is “fairness” defined by a Trump administration would be about dissent suppression.

      • bkmn

        Unfortunately they are pretty unreachable. Putin could invade and they would cheer him on. They don’t care about the good of the country, only about feeling empowered.

  • BillPost

    tRump didn’t want to be the only person of color.

  • Neon Maniac

    Also attending: Santa Clause, The Easter Bunny, Abraham Lincoln and Han Solo.

    • Mike Solo

      I’m not attending. Don’t know where trumps people got that info. I’m doing Hogmanay in Dundee!

    • ColdCountry

      Like any of them would be caught dead there, either.

    • Acronym Jim

      More like Krampus, Judas, Jefferson Davis, and Snoke.

      • Silver Badger

        Krampus and Snoke I had to look up. Thank you for the chance to learn something new. I am of the opinion that Judas and Jefferson were honorable men simply trying to do the best they could for their people. Remember, the winners write history.

        • grada3784

          Jefferson Davis did it in a dress.

        • Acronym Jim

          Perhaps I should have replaced Jefferson Davis with Andrew Johnson.

          I had considered Pontius Pilate instead of Judas, but that would have the same problem. I have heard the theory that Judas took the words of Christ that “one of you shall betray me” not as a prediction, but as an order.

        • greenmanTN

          There is a very good short story by Robert Devereaux about Judas, AS Judas, defending himself. Basically it says “Hey, I played my part as predetermined. If Jesus died of old age he wouldn’t be famous and you’d be praying to a bed.”

          (Not that I’m a believer, but it’s a good story.)

          • Acronym Jim

            For a fun satirical read, I recommend Christopher Moore’s “Lamb: the Gospel of Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal.”

          • greenmanTN

            I know I’ve read something by Christopher Lamb, and I liked it, so I’ll look up “Biff.” I never finished it, but one of Gore Vidal’s later books was about a camera crew going back in time to record Jesus’ sermon on the mount but he was kinda fat and really whiny, not good TV, so they have to get Jesus in shape for his big TV moment.

            (Disclaimer: I didn’t get very far into the book, so that description might be totally inaccurate. I almost never put books down but that one I did. As someone said, “This Is Not a Novel To Be Tossed Aside Lightly. It Should Be Thrown with Great Force.”)

          • Acronym Jim

            This is by Christopher Moore. “Lamb” is one of his funniest books, but they’re all pretty good.

          • greenmanTN

            Oops. Sorry. I actually knew that but my typing got ahead of my brain. The British author Glen Duncan wrote a book called “I, Lucifer,” in the same vein that was pretty good too. (I believe that’s called shooting your mouth off.)

            An interesting thing about Glen Duncan (to me anyway) is that one of his best friends from childhood is a musician, the leader(?) of a UK band called The Real Tuesday Weld, so connected to his books they have released songs and videos to compliment his books, a soundtrack of sorts.

            Not from “I Lucifer” because I like this song better, but from “The Last Werewolf.”

            https://youtu.be/cYBCrYPRFUU

          • agcons

            This Is Not a Novel To Be Tossed Aside Lightly. It Should Be Thrown with Great Force.”

            Dorothy Parker in one of her “Constant Reader” reviews, but I cannot remember which book.

            It was In the Service of the King by Aimeé Semple MacPherson.

          • greenmanTN

            I looked it up quickly and the results were ambiguous so I just went with “somebody.”

            Favorite Dorothy Parker quotes.

            Upon being asked why her article wasn’t ready yet, in the notoriously underfunded New Yorker office: “Because somebody else is using the pencil!”

            A similar situation: “Because I was too fucking busy, and vice versa.”

            As a guest to a military academy dance: “If all the girl in this room were laid end to end I wouldn’t be at all surprised.”

            When Alexander Woolcott’s mother died (he lived with her): “It’s a tragedy to be orphaned in ones 50s.”

          • greenmanTN

            Sister Aimee was an interesting figure. Agnes Moorehead played her (or a character based on her) in “What’s The Matter With Helen,” one of those Grande Dame Guignol movies of the 60s with Debbie Reynolds and Shelly Winters. It’s really not bad.

          • agcons

            There was a TV movie from the ’70s (maybe the early ’80s) starring Bette Davis as Aimées mother, and it dealt with MacPherson’s “mysterious” disappearance. I remember it being not bad, too.

          • OCW

            Live from Golgotha

          • greenmanTN

            Yes. I never finished it.

          • Chucktech

            That’s what I’ve always said about the laughably stoopid Jew-hating Catholic charge that the Jews killed Jeezis. Where the fuck would your shitty cult be if they hadn’t??

          • greenmanTN

            Not to mention that (assuming he ever existed) that Jesus was a Jew.

            (A really tall Bronze Age Jew with European features and feathery light brown hair.)

          • The Return of Traxley
          • greenmanTN

            HFS! When’s communion? Does he only do shows on Sunday?

            I’ve linked this before so mea culpa, a 6’8″ clown with a great voice.

            https://youtu.be/VBmCJEehYtU

          • The Return of Traxley
          • The Return of Traxley
        • cleos_mom

          There’s also the fact that when we look at history, we know ‘what happened next’ and that creates an inescapable bias.

  • Do Something Nice

    I’m beginning to wonder if all of our worries are for nothing. Maybe Trump and his supposed base are so ‘trumped up’ that they really don’t have the power they are trying to scare us into believing they do.

    • ColdCountry

      It’s his cabinet I worry about. He’s just a tick, albeit a disease carrying one.

  • geoffalnutt

    Everything is a lie. Stop listening…and get back to work on the fallout shelter. Remember: Dig deep.

    • kanehau

      Don’t dig so deep that you come out in Russia.

  • Gustav2

    Maybe because they are LIARS?

  • Sean Williams

    Why is Quincy Jones creating fake news that contradicts Great Leader? Not Good!

    • Michael R

      Must be involved in pizzagate .

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        I thought it was “Pizza Pizza”
        Who knew it was really
        “Pizza Fetus” and “Pizza Sex Slave”

        • The Return of Traxley

          I thought “Pizza Sex Slave” was a neo-electroclash/folk band from Albany.

      • Blake Mason

        No that is Papa Jones…

  • Acronym Jim

    Yeah, I was a bit perplexed by Jones being on the invitation list. I’m glad he cleared that up. Haven’t these kind of shenanigans been part and parcel of the Trump strategy throughout the campaign?

    • Chucktech

      My heart sunk just a little when I heard QJ was going to respect this electoral abomination. I’m delighted to know it was just another lie from Trump.

      • John30013

        Our best default position for the next 4 years is to assume everything out of this administration’s mouth (or mouthpieces) is a flat out lie.

    • clay

      If they’re scheduled in Trump’s mind, they’re scheduled.
      If they’re supporters in Trump’s mind, they’re supporters.
      If they’re ethically unencumbered in Trump’s mind, well, everything’s ethically unencumbered in Trump’s mind.

      • The Return of Traxley

        Abraham Lincoln likes him.

        Thomas Jefferson is a fan.

        So is Captain America, Yogi Bear, Frank Sinatra, Anna Niclole Smith, and Lola Falana.

    • Nowhereman

      Yes. I could be on that list as well and not even know it.

  • Stogiebear

    I wonder how long it will take for the legislation to be passed and signed that allows the president-defect to institute command performances/audiences?

    • David Walker

      True. Until now it’s been deemed an honor to perform at the White House. Now they’ll have to drag in the session musicians who record elevator music.
      Like your new avatar. That beard is excellent.

      • Stogiebear

        It’ll probably take the summary execution of a few people to get it through all our heads that when President-defect calls we don’t hesitate to show up, scrape, and bow.

        Thanks. Let it grow out some, cut it back. Rinse. Repeat.

      • lymis

        Oh hell no. You have NOT been paying attention. Trump isn’t going to host performances at the White House. How’s he going to make money off that? He’ll be hosting them at one of his own properties and charging a fortune for people to attend. Probably the new Trump Hotel in the Old Post Office if he doesn’t get arrested for still leasing it.

        Where he gets the performers is a different issue.

      • clay

        I hear he’s a got an ’80s cover band, some group like those dreary underage dancers he stiffed, and three DJs for the major ball. He’s got an underage loser from a reality TV show, 55% of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Marine Corps band for the Mall. Somewhere, he’s sticking a spattering of chorus dancers.

        • Chucktech

          As part of their shtick, that “80’s cover band” only plays hits from Ronald Reagan’s time in office. Of course, that’s most of the 80’s, but they make a point of saying that.

          • Nowhereman

            How fitting.

        • Nowhereman

          55% of the choir! I’m guessing mostly the bass and tenor sections…

          • clay

            Yeah, I was wishing he only got 45% of it, you know, the same percent as of the Utah electorate he won.

        • The Return of Traxley

          “Chorus dancers.”

          Heh.

          He had Jason Miller look at Craigslist in New Jersey for “companions” willing to be paid in meth or Valtrex.

  • AdamTh

    He knows why Trump said it. We all know why Trump said it….

    And we’ve got 4 years of this BS coming up…

  • Acronym Jim

    Trump’s response tweet in the near future:

    “Look at ‘im. Look at my African American. NOT!”

    • Acronym Jim

      I loved Obama’s response to that joke during the WHC dinner.

      • YES he was on point…gonna miss OUR president!!!

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      • ColdCountry

        Can you refresh my memory? A summation will do, I don’t need verification. 😉

        • Dramphooey

          The joke starts about 1:40. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWuv2txl_5M

          • Paula

            Was that really Trump or a cardboard cutout? He didn’t move.

          • David Walker

            As the line attributed to The Queen goes, “We are not amused.”

          • Dramphooey

            Yeah, he was pissed. Considering the result I kind of wish we hadn’t poked this dumb animal.

          • AdamTh

            Yep, yep…. Good to see we will have some funny and musically gifted people in the camps with us….

          • ColdCountry

            Fantastic! Thanks.

          • zhera

            Seth Meyers should run for his life. Trump will have him up against the wall on January 21st.

        • goofy_joe

          I will be at a work event, where there is zero chance of this being on the TV.

    • ColdCountry

      The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black. Blood purists, Dark Arts practitioners, Dark Lord following, rich aristocrats.

    • cleos_mom

      Mr. and Mrs. Black promised him their 12-year-old daughter for his birthday.

  • Frostbite

    Uh, because he’s a liar?

  • ColdCountry

    It’s a party! (Admission to be paid at the door; no advance tickets available. Cash only, credit cards not accepted.) Talk about “pay for play”!

    • clay

      At a property that not only bears his brand, but is personally owned by him. That’s right, he’s not divested and he’s profiting off the party-goers.

      • ColdCountry

        Well, DUH! (I despise that man.)

  • JT

    Quincy Jones: No, I’m Not Attending Trump’s New Year’s Eve Party And I Don’t Know Why They Said That

    Because Traitor Drumpf and his coterie of douchebags cannot tell the truth.

    • Chucktech

      And they’re desperate.

  • Joe in PA

    And of course our “friends” over at Mediate (what has happened to that site?) are saying that it was all of these “tolerant” lefties that called and threatened Quincy if he attended.

    SMFH.

    • Cuberly

      For me the comments section over there is a loooooong list of blocked users.

      Yeah it’s become troll hell.

      • Joe in PA

        Yup. But it seems like even the content is kinda skewed. It is getting more Breitbartish all the time. 🙁

        • Cuberly

          Dan Abrahms is getting plaid for a fool. The site is overrun with trolls and he just gushes about the increase in his site traffic. And yeah, the content on the site has taken a definate rightward shift. Not to mention their headlines have devolved into even worse click-bait.

          • Nowhereman

            I haven’t gone there in a long longtime.

          • Cuberly

            I go a couple times a day, to pretty much see the click-bait headlines. There’s also a few resident trolls I keep tabs on, mostly for their blatant ignorance. It can be rather entertaining.

            Yeah, it’s devolved in a big way. The fact that Tommy Christopher bailed on the site should say something. Though as far as I’m aware he hasn’t said anything about reasons as to why he rarely if at all has articles posted there.

          • The Return of Traxley

            Nor have I. It’s a shitshow.

      • Nowhereman

        Media matters as well. I went there yesterday to check it out, and it’s worse than ever. I probably blocked 10 trolls in the first article I read. What a waste.

  • Dirk Prophet

    It’s just an ongoing disinformation operation. Reality and public statements don’t matter. To the cult members, Quincy Jones will be there.

    • Silver Badger

      Even if he’s not!

    • Tipsy

      After reading some Trumpanzee responses to this story, the running theme now is that Quincy Jones WAS going to attend, but was coerced out of it by his Jewish plantation owners in the music business.

      Sigh.

      • clay

        Ha ha , as if anyone (else) in the music industry owns Jones!

    • Chucktech

      His cult followers would say “Why’s that ol’ colored guy here?”

      • cleos_mom

        They’d more likely just assume that he was among the “help.”

    • The Return of Traxley

      He’s become “my African-American.”

  • HZ81

    Spicer meant Alex Jones and Jackie Stallone.

    • Cuberly
      • HZ81

        Ha!! No sorry necessary.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Thanks for this laugh, Cuberly.

        It Brigitte Nielson. Damn, the Trump Team announced Birgit Nilsson.
        https://youtu.be/W6HizoORuYw?t=35s

        • RIP She was one of a kind. So sorry I never got to hear her live.

          • Tom Graham

            I saw her in concert in the early ’60s. Best performance I ever saw. She was very gracious and greeted her fans back stage.

          • agcons

            I’m iridescent green with envy. She is the scariest Salome, craziest Elektra, and most pyromaniacal Brunnhilde.

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            I also didn’t have the opportunity to hear her live. I have a recording of one of her renditions of the Liebestod… incomparable.

          • JerryRich

            I got to hear her twice in the ’70s with the San Francisco Opera, as the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten and of course as Brünnhilde herself in Die Walküre. It was thrilling to see such a legend.

          • This reminds me of a conversation I had recently. One of my young colleagues was going on and on about how much he loved Leontyne Price. I said that I had seen her live (the recital tour after her final Met Aida). He said he hated me. I replied that he didn’t even know how much he ought to hate me!

            So with that in mind: I hate you! 🙂

            I did once years ago have a much older colleague who had heard Flagstad live. (“I was very young at the time!” he pointed out.) There’s nothing like great live performances. Recordings are nice but it’s just not the same.

          • JerryRich

            I saw Leontyne in three operas (Manon Lescaut, Il trovatore, and Dialogues des Carmélites), but it was her song recitals that were really outstanding, regaling the audience with many encores.

    • Nowhereman

      Actually, Sylvester Stallone is a big Trump supporter. I don’t know why that surprised me.

      • HZ81

        I think he actually said no though. Even his supporters refuse to be seen with him.

  • AdamTh

    I’d be honored to be in the same camp with Quincy Jones next year……

  • Trump’s team lied. Color me SHOCKED.

  • Uncle Mark

    I knew Quincy Jones had far too much decency & class than to show up at the orange-shit-show’s party.

    Can the media start talking about this in their 24/7 cycle, followed by Trump’s incessant need to lie…including pathetic ones that are easily fact-checked?

    • ColdCountry

      Wouldn’t it be nice to hear, “In other news, President Trump told another ridiculous lie today, this one concerning….”

      • lymis

        It would be. Our local news is still calling the Russian hacking “alleged” even though all of our intelligence agencies have declared it to be a fact.

      • clay

        HuffPo runs a tag at the bottom of Trump stories about him being a serial liar and alleged sexual assaulter. It’d be nice if it was at the top and in every outlet.

  • Natty Enquirer

    So ti was just a casual, spiteful lie. Par for the course.

  • Dramphooey

    Supposedly the Eastasian ambassador was going to be in attendance as well but the next day we discovered it was the Eurasian ambassador who was attending the entire time.

    • ColdCountry

      They’re not the same???

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Not re tipping, but I think the real issue is just lack of basic competence of those close to Donald Trump. In other words, it never occurred to them that the media would actually bother to contact Quincy Jones’ spokesperson to check.

    And, let’s be honest, while Donald Trump was merely an obnoxious blowhard in the private sector, the media would have had no reason to care what his people were claiming. But now, of course, things are different.

    Let’s just hope they learn quickly – as they should have already.

    • clay

      I hope that Trump gets so pissed that they lied to him, as well as us, that he fires them all. It would give me pleasure if he lost his entire personal/business staff.

    • JD

      More likely, they invited, never dreaming he would not attend (whether because of other plans that would, of course, be ditched, or not)

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Not re tipping, but Donald Trump’s staff apparently did not take into account RSVPs. Or maybe that is just a quaint custom from days long gone by.

    • Considering how rarely our news media fact checks them, that was actually a safe assumption. It must have been a slow news day.

  • TexasBoy

    What?! Team Trump lied?! Clearly Mr. Jones accepted an invitation, then changed his mind following pressure from the leftist media.

  • TexasBoy

    Oh, did I say Quincy Jones, clearly I meant Paula Jones *wink, wink, nod nod*

    • lymis

      “Well heck, I know it was some black guy. Who cares about the details?”

      • paganguy

        Because we were to take it symbolically.

      • MERRY CRISIS

        Benedict Donald didn’t invite “his black” from the KGB Propaganda event?

        • cleos_mom

          B.A. at least distinguished himself in battle; il Douche would have deserted the first time he had to take a shit in the woods.

  • Paula

    I think we are just seeing the early days of Trump’s Department of Disinformation.
    This group will be busy for the next 4 years. I don’t want to think what the next president in going to inherit.

    • Gil

      And Sean ” Crybaby ” Spicer
      is the perfect one to head it..

    • paganguy

      Assuming we get the chance to vote for one.

  • KCMC

    2017: Don’t Know Why They Said/Did That.
    Peace, all.

    • DaddyRay

      50 years from now the future generations will be wondering just that. How could we have allowed it to happen.

      • MBear

        It’s a history lesson supplied by the Living History Center

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Because of the impact on education and the courts, it will probably be 50 years before future generations are wondering.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        When I was in school, we asked the same thing about events some 30 years prior…funny how we truly do not learn from history and how tragic.

  • olandp

    EVERYTHING that Don the Con says is a LIE. Is anyone surprised at this point?

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      No

  • Oikos

    Thank you Quincy. We must be united against the enemy.

    https://youtu.be/cKz4NxpFW5I

  • NYCGUY

    Thanks. Now I can retrieve my “Back On The Block” album fron the trash bin.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think if Trump says he has the support of any celebrity, we should wait a few days for the almost inevitable denial to pop up.

  • Rick Zajac

    Because they’re, oh I don’t know, LIARS??

  • bambinoitaliano

    Is the fascist party playing the fantasy ball game just making up guests that will never attend? At this rate they should just do the cosplay at their Con convention.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I’m so tired of being told to feel SORRY for the assholes who voted for this liar. I actually have a small bit of respect for the Republicans who broke rank and voted Hillary AND still oppose the guy because it shows they were actually listening to what he was saying. I don’t have ANY respect for people who it takes weeks after the election to realize how full of shit he is, partly because they’re angry about the wrong things like not getting Hillary in jail or their pwecious wall

    • cleos_mom

      That and the now-popular insistence that they “hadn’t been listened to.”

      What a crock. They were about the only Americans with incomes/net worth under 7 figures who were listened to. Even when, as often as not, they had nothing to say worth hearing.

    • kareemachan

      Also, I have no sympathy for the people who either 1) didn’t bother to vote, 2) did a stupid I’m-making-a-statement-about-this vote, or 3) voted for Jill or Bernie or Gary. But especially the ones who didn’t bother to vote at all. At least the others (I’m assuming) voted in their local and state elections.

      You decided to do the (in my mind) irresponsible thing, deal with it.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Oh, fuck off. I voted for Hillary.

  • clay

    Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Diane Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury, Prince, they’re ALL gonna be there!

    • paganguy

      It’s going to look like the party scene from “Death Becomes Her”.

      • clay

        (sans Elvis, Trump doesn’t want the competition)

        • Earl

          Maybe we’ll be lucky and trump will have a serious case of constipation while on the toilet.

          2016 style of seriousness. 🙂

          • clay

            I wish we could have a race between him and Q Liz II.

    • CanuckDon

      In Trump’s wet ’80s dream….”the superstars will love me ’cause I’m going to be a superstar too”.

      • Tom Ato

        “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything when you’re a star.”

    • Rockola404

      Tina Yothers, Rae Dawn Chung, Connie Celica, Erin Gray, Kirk Cameron, Gary Busey will be signing autographs.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Phew! I was bummed to see his name listed there.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Variety’s headline should have read: “Orange Cheeto Lies About Someone Neato”

  • worstcultever

    They probably would have added Audra McDonald and Albert Einstein if they’d ever heard of em.

  • boobert

    Another lie from trump , I’m shocked!

  • We’re used to politicians exaggerating the truth or spinning the facts to fit a narrative, but I don’t remember anyone just flat out lying as ridiculously as Trump and his team regularly do. Why would they say Jones is attending? It’s so obvious that such a lie is going to be exposed. Back before the convention they were announcing speakers who hadn’t even been asked much less agreed to speak. There’s something seriously wrong with people who lie so blatantly and obviously and something worse about a media culture that lets them get away with it.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    If journalism were still practiced in the U.S., I would say they should add a disclaimer on every article regarding its veracity where Trump is concerned…hey, I said “IF”

  • Mikey

    “I don’t know why they said that”… of course we know.. because they’re a bunch of fu**ing liars.

  • andrew

    Trump and his people are not interested in those silly concepts like truth, facts and evidence.

  • gothambear

    Sly Stallone would attend the opening of an envelope he’s so desperate for relevance and adulation…pathetic

  • Tom Chicago

    It may be instructive to call out the factual source of the report, apparently the Trump transition team. It is a clear example of fake news, a toxic matter. Manipulated fake news is also known as rumor, propaganda, innuendo, or simply lying.

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