Gay Icon Jennifer Holliday Confirmed For Inauguration UPDATE: Publicist Says Trump Team Jumped The Gun

The Daily Beast reports:

Jennifer Holliday’s career is marked by survival. It’s why she’s an icon. Specifically, it’s why she’s a gay icon. The Dreamgirls Tony- and Grammy-winner, who just wrapped a run in The Color Purple on Broadway, was announced Friday as part of the entertainment lineup for Donald Trump’s inauguration, a booking that has famously been passed on by a laughably long list of performers, either in protest of the professed values of the president-elect or in fear of how supporting him at that venue might alienate fans.

Holliday will join country singer Toby Keith, rock band 3 Doors Down, and actor Jon Voight for a Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial that will be broadcast live on Inauguration Day, January 20. As was previously announced, teenage America’s Got Talent alum Jackie Evancho will perform the National Anthem.

Hit the link for a lengthy examination of Holliday’s decades-long status as a gay icon. So disappointing.

UPDATE: Possible good news!

It looks like Donald Trump’s inauguration team jumped the gun on pledging that Broadway star Jennifer Holliday will perform: A spokesman for the “Dreamgirls” veteran says she has been asked to sing, but hasn’t yet agreed. “Jennifer has been asked to perform but she hasn’t officially agreed to do so yet,” her publicist, Bill Carpenter, told TheWrap. “I’ll let you know later this afternoon for sure if she’ll be performing.”

  • Tiger Quinn

    Well she’s not anymore.

    • Gustav2

      All these performers in what will be the least watch inauguration in modern history. Bless their hearts.

    • loosevowels

      who is she ?

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        I am revoking your card immediately!

        • Rex

          Return the toaster oven, too!

        • Circle Thomas

          Not everyone knows that originated the role of Effie, considering it took Jennifer Hudson to make it famous.

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            Oh, honey, I beg to differ…. her version was a top forty hit in the 80’s. So no, many people knew it before JH did it. Now go get a drink and come over here. It’s after 3 on Friday, why are you working?

          • Circle Thomas

            I’m at work, but I’m not working. And why are you standing in the sun when I’m trying to throw all that shade around towards Ms. Holliday?

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            Oh, I do love you. I knew when I saw your name… Now I am off to get a pedi and mani.. it’s nice to have my toes done by a nice man.

        • Paula

          This doesn’t go fo Lesbians, right? I don’t know she is, either.

          • Strepsi

            Paula, you’re fine.

      • TheManicMechanic

        If she does perform, it will be “Who was she?”

  • Ziad Baaklini

    Who?

  • Lazycrockett
    • PickyPecker

      Safari? Is that you?

  • Treant
    • james1200
      • james1200

        I should have embedded this one, actually.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDMXqSjEpWw

        • Amanda B. Rekendwith

          I luv my tribe.

        • londonbuddy

          I cant tell you how many times I have done this in the comfort of my bedroom. How can you not when you’re listening to that amazing score!

          If anyone gets the chance, go see the fabulous London production

        • Strepsi

          😍love!

    • Captain Jack

      Should I assume trump will be lip syncing along with the song I’m Not Going….?

    • Librarykid

      They are negotiating the price.

      • Chuck in NYC

        I’m sure they are. The price of a soul.

  • LovesIrony

    not gonna love you

  • Mark

    I believe she has chosen her chalice unwisely….

  • m_lp_ql_m

    Survival, eh? Maybe that’s what she’s after–making the gay community suffer the way they did decades ago so she can cash in even more on her ‘survival’ image.

  • Butch

    Apparently so far 200 applications for bus parking at the inauguration and more than 1,200 applications for bus parking for the women’s march.

    • TuuxKabin

      YAY! I hope it’s 1,200 buses full of Nasty Women in rainbow hues of pant suits and their supporters.

  • Circle Thomas

    Rest in Peace Jennifer Holliday

    October 19, 1960 – January 13, 2017

  • Rex

    Correction: She was a gay icon.

    • gaymex1

      Yep. There’s no excuse .

      • Librarykid

        Rent, groceries etc.?

        • gaymex1

          I doubt that’s an issue…and even if it were it’s not an excuse for selling out those who have paid her bills. Check out her concert schedule.

    • CanuckDon

      Love love LOVE her song “I Am Changing” but never expected changing to this!

      • Rex

        Sounds like she did change, but not in a good way.

      • Acronym Jim

        According to the update, apparently neither did she.

    • Verita

      I’ve never heard of Jennifer Holiday until today. She looks like a man to me. Was she a man before she becomes a woman?

  • KQCA

    “Former. Former gay icon.”

  • Rex

    Oh, Girl, I’m tellin’ you – you shouldn’t be goin’.

  • gaymex1

    ..

  • HZ81

    Icon? Um, we throw this term around more loosely than Diva these days.

  • geoffalnutt

    I’m sorry. Who? Never heard of it. (snark)

    • Circle Thomas

      She’s the one who originally played Effie in Dreamgirls, a role Jennifer Hudson would go on to make famous.

      • Butch

        And I guess I’m going to have to throw out all my CDs from 3 Doors Dow….wait. Who? Who the hell is that?

  • Reality Check

    Here is what out there on the “Twitters” (Broadway.com)…

    https://twitter.com/broadwaycom/status/819956653357461504

    • Reality Check

      Shit the link did not post itself so we can’t see the reaction from people. Check it out at Broadway.com. If you can Joe, remove my post because I don’t want to see her mug…

      • johncAtl

        Since you have a gray ID I’m not sure if the option will show up, but click on the down arrow to the right and see if you have delete as an option.

  • Steverino

    I suppose she “found God.”

  • Matt

    Seems unlikely this will do ANYthing to benefit her career. If she still had one. Must be desperate.

  • anne marie in philly

    well, kiss YOUR career goodbye, Felicia!

    • another_steve

      Progressives will need to boycott her and her music.

      Anyone complicit in the upcoming tragedy known as the Trump Presidency needs to pay the price.

      • anne marie in philly

        HELLA YEAH!

  • Rex

    Has she forgotten that she’s a black woman?

    • HZ81

      And not one of these “artists” can google Leni Riefenstahl? Okay.

  • Oikos

    it’s why s̶h̶e̶’̶s̶ she was a gay icon

    https://i.makeagif.com/media/5-13-2014/bjCa2H.gif

  • PickyPecker
    • Oikos

      I wonder if Ivanka was the inspiration for Chanel?

  • TK

    But wait…not yet confirmed as of 15 minutes ago, an update

    https://twitter.com/broadwaycom/status/819987016310030340

    • Tiger Quinn

      D’oh! Looks like somebody started getting messages.

    • rusty57

      Fingers crossed, I would hate to not be able to whirl about to “No Frills Love” anymore.

    • Circle Thomas

      This reads to me as she agreed to sing, and upon seeing the instant and rather, ah, negative, reaction online, her team is now trying to back her the fuck outta it.

      • another_steve

        ^^ That, exactly.

        Pariah status = fewer bookings. Less income for her and her management team.

        • Circle Thomas

          “Don’t even worry about doing it–it’s not like they can replace you with another diva who can sing ‘And I am Telling You’ so much better that she even won an Oscar for it.

          “Oh, wait.”

      • Spongebob CrankyPants

        Or it could be she never actually agreed to perform to begin with.

        • Circle Thomas

          If that were the case, her team would have denied it immediately. The fact that we’re “holding for further clarification until this evening” is a sure sign someone already made some commitments.

  • Millstone

    “Gay icon” is laughably archaic, and honestly, I couldn’t pick her out of a vocal lineup. But perhaps this’ll sell her music to Trump’s fans, and the image of a Cope dippin’ bubba blasting “Dreamgirls” from his F-150 is amusing.

    Now Toby Keith, that makes sense, being he’s a fellow deadbeat:

    http://www.citypages.com/news/sketchy-toby-keiths-i-love-this-bar-and-grill-empire-crumbles-7716390

  • Steverino

    I prefer Billie to Jennifer, anyway.

  • labdad95

    Money talks

  • Reality Check

    BREAKING!!! “According to The Wrap, Holliday is not yet confirmed to perform at the event. “Jennifer has been asked to perform, but she hasn’t officially agreed to do so yet,” said her publicist, Bill Carpenter. A decision is expected to be made this afternoon.”

    http://www.broadway.com/buzz/187301/jennifer-holliday-following-bow-in-the-color-purple-will-sing-at-inauguration-celebration-for-donald-trump/

  • Tiger Quinn

    I guess I don’t blame 3 Doors Down, who I kind of liked a little – if you’re that band you’re not going anywhere new so why not. But to have that many gay fans and go….gurl. And where is Snoop Dogg to kick her ass like he promised?

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Isn’t she just someone that we used to know?

    https://cdn.meme.am/cache/instances/folder73/66136073.jpg

  • geoffalnutt

    She’ll be playing “I Will Survive” on the balalaika for Putin’s 75th birthday. It’s not even her song! This could another lie, though.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    I am so sad. The only possible way she can redeem herself is to take Trump’s money and donate the entire amount to charity. Specifically as anti-Trump a charity as possible.

    • Oikos

      You think she will get paid?

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        Good point. Maybe she’ll be smart enough to get the cash upfront?

  • Rick Hammond

    And I am tellin you. I’m not goin. Your the worst man I ever ……….No,no,no, no way. I’m livin without cho.

    • Texndoc

      I was wondering how long I would have to scroll to find the obvious.

  • Deviancy Behavir

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BPGvbw4jnvn/?taken-by=snoopdogg If true, I can’t wait for Snoop Dogg’s roast to come out in full force, he’s not afraid of letting these black “D-Z” List celebs have it. I’ll be right here waiting with some marshmallows for the campfire to commence.

  • james1200
    • Treant

      Is she miscarrying her career?

      • james1200

        LMAO! Why are you being so cruel!? She not the one performing for the Great Orange Satan!

        • Treant

          Please, gurrl. You may come for the news, but you stay for the snark. 🙂

    • TuuxKabin

      Dry heaves?

      • james1200

        She just heard about the new Beyonce movie.

  • ElJiffy

    Maybe not so much a gay icon after all, if ever.
    Her career as a survivor may have met its extinction event.

  • Tony Adams

    Is she broke?
    How much is she getting paid?
    Will she donate it to something worthwhile?

    • 2patricius2

      If she’s getting paid, she better collect before the performance. Otherwise she will go home empty handed.

  • Rex

    She stopped being a gay icon when she lost weight.
    We like our icons thick.

    • TuuxKabin

      Her head’s rather thick.

    • Ray Butlers

      I must be an icon.

    • CanuckDon

      I wasn’t gonna say it but glad you did.

    • bambinoitaliano

      That was her at her prime.
      https://youtu.be/zo_tUOd5ouE

      • londonbuddy

        But now she sings it like she’s a parody of herself.

      • olandp

        I vividly remember the moment I was watching that on my black and white TV. Absolutely stunned.

  • fastlanestranger

    Former icon. Now…just con?

  • Oikos

    My guess is that most of these d-listers will not get paid. After the fact, dump will say they did it out of patriotism and stiff them.

    • PickyPecker

      I had thought, for some reason, that all perfomers involved were doing so gratis. I could be wrong.

  • John Ruff

    Not anymore she isn’t.

  • DanimalChgo

    Hm. Her publicist just this morning said she’s been asked but has not committed yet. http://www.thewrap.com/jennifer-holliday-trump-inauguration-has-not-yet-agreed/

  • rusty57

    She’s free to perform where she likes.
    And I’m free to scrub her discography from the hard drive and use her cd’s for skeet shooting.

  • Nick Abner Poff

    And I am telling you…I ain’t watching her.

  • Natty Enquirer

    I remember when Holliday appeared at a San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus concert a few years ago. She performed to a prerecorded track while an entire orchestra sat, idled, behind her. Yeah, it was a money/time thing, but it made a terrible stage picture and she came off like quite the prima donna. Got the pushbutton standing ovation, of course, for her trademark nervous breakdown rendition.

  • Gigi

    Gay icon? Never heard of her. I’m pissed that 3 Doors Down is performing at Trump’s coronation though. Wtf!

    • Tiger Quinn

      Same. I thought they were half cool.

      • Gigi

        Guess we were mistaken.

    • Lazycrockett

      Pretty bad when you fall below Nickelback standards.

  • Tiger Quinn

    HA HA, translation “oh shit, people are getting pissed, we’d better hold off and see how many.”

  • coram nobis

    Meanwhile, gay icon Milo Yappypoodle’s victory tour has hit a snag at UC Berkeley.

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Yiannopoulos-appearance-at-Cal-jeopardized-by-10854504.php

    Something about a “security fee.” It may be an affront to free speech, or it may simply be the UC system’s penchant for gouging students at every opportunity.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      It’s actually just the Berkeley College Republicans being stingy as usual.

      • stevenj

        A UC spokesperson said if it were Bernie Sanders speaking, there is still a security fee of the same amount ($6372). Yes they are stingy but every penny of that fee and possibly more would probably be needed considering the amount of opposition and protestors this event has attracted.

        • m_lp_ql_m

          Of course. But if Bernie were speaking there’d be much less, if any, opposition and protest, hence, the BCRs are getting a deal. As usual, conservative whites get ‘special’ considerations.

    • BillTheCat45

      Or, it’s an Asshat Tax. I’m good with any of them.

    • Cuberly

      They make have underestimated that “security fee”. Guess who may appear with him….

      It’s gonna be a riot.

      https://twitter.com/SFist/status/819975891174330368

      • Snarkaholic

        So…since Martian is being Milo’s date for this fiasco, Milo should return the favor for next Friday.

      • Tiger Quinn

        Those two can’t even raise six grand? Sad.

        • Cuberly

          Actually it’s the Republican student group that’s on the hook for it as well.

    • fuzzybits

      I’m pretty sure he’ll need security at Berkeley.

      • coram nobis

        It’s an even-money bet he turns up at the Steam Works at the other end of University Avenue.

  • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    • Cousin Bleh

      I’m ashamed I know who that guy is and that I’ve never missed a second of that show.

      • Skip Intro

        Oh, that cartoonish oversized head. Terrible vapid people and I hate myself for having watched that show. Over and over.

  • Reality Check

    BREAKING AGAIN: Jennifer Holliday Hasn’t Committed to Trump Inauguration, Despite Announcement From His Team…

    http://www.thewrap.com/jennifer-holliday-trump-inauguration-has-not-yet-agreed/

    • Gigi

      Thanks!

  • LovesIrony
  • JoeMyGod

    Refresh for important update!

  • coram nobis

    Actually, this number would fit — she runs a prison and it’s a pay-to-play system, so it’s a perfect augury for the new administration.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoDS1lWdpjw

  • Lazycrockett
    • MΩebym

      A real national treasure.

      • johncAtl

        Yes indeed. I very happily vote for him every two years.

        • Oh’behr

          Thank you. I vote for Keith Ellison and offer no apologizes for doing so.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        A real human being.

        John Lewis is still a beacon of all that could be good in the US. His very presence gives hope.

      • justmeeeee

        But I though Judi Dench is a national treasure!

        • olandp

          Different nation. Oh yeah, there is more than one National Treasure.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      This is no ordinary man. This is a man of gravitas and stature. A man who’s actions helped mold the future for his people and others. When this man says “I don’t see Trump as a legitimate President”, his words carry the weight of history. Others would be wise to heed his words and council.

      • Robincho

        It seems like guys named John Lewis are good for this country…

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    • Elliott

      I so love that man. When I need perspective and peace, he seems to be one of a very few voices that can provide. Man.

    • The Milkman

      My congressman. What a wonderful man.

      • TuuxKabin

        I was never one for patriotism until people like Rep. Lewis came into view.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Hey, Democratic politicians, a leader has emerged (again).

    • Tom

      Yep. JohnLewis makes a courageous choice and Ms Holliday as made hers.
      And I have as well. She’s out of my life.

    • Andymac3
    • JCF
  • Blake Mason
    • Snarkaholic

      Still a better love story than Twilight.

  • JWC

    ONE MORE WEEK!! ONE WEEK MORE!!!!!!!

    • BillTheCat45

      It was a nice Democracy while it lasted. We had a good run.

      • PickyPecker

        Was like yesterday when I was watching our President awarding the VP with the medal….and I said to the screen: “Goodbye, nice people.’

        • BillTheCat45

          Same here. I realized we won’t be seeing grace, politeness, kindness and class for at least the next 4 years. If ever again.

      • JWC

        and will again Its is always to know Dark is to fully appreciate light

        • JWC

          I mean this in the nicest way the Obama’s were such nice people they could be honoury Canadians

  • another_steve

    LOL. Read Joe’s update to the post. Girl’s manager is probably reading the reaction to the initial story here and elsewhere in the progressive blogosphere.

    Oh SHIT!!! She can’t do this. Her income will suffer. My income will suffer. No more bookings. She gotta reconsider…

    (Time for a martini. 😉

    • Rex

      If she backs out she’d better throw some shade at Trump if she know’s what good for her.

    • Friday

      It’s not like Trump and his staff haven’t *outright lied* about booked artists plus stolen the music of others over protest over and over again. Whoever this lady is, for all we know she hasn’t even opened her mail yet.

      • another_steve

        The saddest part of this is that she is gay-supportive.

        Fellow D.C.-area people reading here: Am I remembering correctly?… Did Holliday once perform at one of the D.C. Pride celebrations, or with the Gay Men’s Chorus of D.C. during one of their concerts?

  • WNY

    This week in career suicide Jennifer Holiday has agreed to sing at the Klan rally… I mean inauguration— Anton Maurice (@AntycingGent) January 13, 2017

  • Lazycrockett

    These people CAN’T even get a line up correct, can you imagine how they are going to run a government????

    • Cackalaquiano

      Right. It’s one event. A big one, sure, but one event. They have lots of time to plan ahead. How is this same team gonna deal with instant major world-shaking crises that they’ll inevitably have to react to in office?

      • Snarkaholic

        They’ll dig up Nancy Reagan’s coffin and steal her Magic 8 Ball.

  • Richard Skolasky

    From my understanding (and read of the linked material), she feels close to gay people because she got her break in theater during the early years of the AIDS epidemic. She loves her gay fans because they have championed her and supported her through her darker days. Now that she is successful, she feels that it is ok to endorse with her performance a movement borne of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and homophobia (to name but a few).

    I’ve always preferred my gay icons to be men and women (gay or straight) who have worked for progress in the gay community. With that definition, Ms. Holliday has never been an icon to me.

    • Lazycrockett

      I was lucky enough to grow up in a time when my gay icons were/are gay.

      • another_steve

        We queers who were around in the 1970s and 80s lived through the horror of the Donna Summer scandal — when word broke that she had said awful things about the very community that was bankrolling her in the discos and music stores.

        She subsequently denied having said nasty stuff, but suspicion lingered. Many felt it might have been a case of “Jesus loves sinners and will judge them. I love everyone. Continue dancing to my music, sinners.”

  • JDS

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4d3f98271b9ed2df607d36af95225f988a356a4ac70434accc534054bceb3341.jpg

    I guess money is more important to her. Good luck getting paid! “And I’m a tell you I’m not….. door slams in her face!”

  • dcurlee

    Humm if you do it see how many of those old white conservative white men and the hillbillies that voted for Trump support you afterwards. If you do expect the kiss off from me.

  • Cuberly

    To be honest I was more disturbed at the fact that that excremental Lee Greenwood song is being excavated for Hair Drumpf.

    Be prepared to have that declared Trump’s anthem, it will be played in all public spaces, every day, at noon, and citizens will be required to stop whatever it is they’re doing and sing along.

    • Rex

      Honestly, I nearly gag when I hear “God Bless the USA” these days.

      • Cuberly

        Yep, I swear that ran in a constant loop when it first came out. It was everywhere. Even thinking about it gives me a rash.

        • PickyPecker

          Is right up there with the Macarana for me. GAHHHH!

          • Cuberly

            Gah! Indeed! Now I have that playing in my head…..ARGH! 😉

        • Treant

          I’m proud to be an American,
          ‘Cause at least I know I’m free (for now),
          And I won’t forget the men who died (until they need healthcare or education or psychological assistance)…

        • Rex

          If tomorrow all the things were gone, I’d worked for all my life….I’d seriously think about moving to Canada.

        • The Return of Traxley

          And it was really bad around 9/11.

    • The Return of Traxley

      I wish they’d use this one instead.

      https://youtu.be/XE8BgQzyktE

    • fuzzybits

      It’s been used at just about every redneck event for years.

  • Rex

    You can be a gay icon until you piss us off, then we’ll snatch that icon title away faster than an ugly weave off your head.

    • The Milkman

      Ask Donna Summer. Lordt.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Bette had been on Double Not So Secret Probation.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          April 1st, her, me, Hello Dolly! Can’t wait.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • m_lp_ql_m

      It’s somewhat comforting to see Canadians being somewhat proactive about this.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Honestly, most of us have no time for Trump or his sycophants. Remember, we had Rob Ford and we learned our lesson.

        • Tor

          I don’t remember him being an out and out Fascist. Wasn’t he just a cokehead asshole?

    • Friday

      Sad. Overrated. Flash in the pan, failure. Have fun in Trump-land, ‘Kyrptonite’ guys.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    Update? Later this afternoon? Many, many other performers had no trouble immediately saying a flat out “No.”

    • another_steve

      She probably said “yes” and then the emails and phone calls from angry fans started pouring in.

  • 41PC

    “Jennifer has been asked to perform but she hasn’t officially agreed to do so yet,” her publicist, Bill Carpenter, told TheWrap. “I’ll let you know later this afternoon for sure if she’ll be performing.”

    This makes it seem as though she is giving this consideration; as if she’s weighing the pros and cons.

    I cannot imagine this would be anything other than an immediate and emphatic “No”.

  • bambinoitaliano

    So not only the fascist regime is making up fake news, they are even making up fake guest lists. So pathetic! No one wants to attend your event! Get use to it!

  • RJ Bone
    • Tor

      Time for a good old-fashioned riot!!

  • fuzzybits
  • Acronym Jim

    “It looks like Donald Trump’s inauguration team jumped the gun …”

    Again.

    • Dazzer

      Yeah. But they’re not jumping in front of it. Yet.

    • Friday

      ie, lied, again.

  • Hue-Man

    UPDATE Paul Anka – NOT

    However, contrary to earlier media reports, Anka won’t be singing at the inauguration ball on Jan. 20, despite Trump being “an old friend of
    mine for 50 years.”

    Speaking to celebrity site TMZ.com,the 75-year-old singer-songwriter said he had previously agreed to perform at the Inauguration Day gala for a “first dance” between Trump and his wife, Melania Trump. However, the Ottawa-born Anka — a dual citizen since 1990 — has withdrawn due to an ongoing custody dispute
    with his ex-wife Anna over their preteen son, Ethan.

    “I’ve been in a custody battle for two years for my son Ethan, and we have a new schedule now and I’m unable to do it,” Anka is seen telling TMZ in a video interview posted Friday.

    Though he admitted his views don’t match those of his longtime friend
    Trump, Anka said he had agreed to the performance out of respect for
    the political office.

    “I was hoping there’d be an understanding there, as I have a respect for the presidency,” he said.​

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/anka-no-trump-inauguration-1.3930941

    • Friday

      Seems the Trumpers are down to lying about *Canadian* musicians in hopes they ain’t been paying attention.

      • Canadian Observer

        Maybe Nickleback have a spot on their calendar? (BWAHAHAHA)

    • Canadian Observer

      Am I the only one mildly perturbed about a 75 y.o. having spawn young enough to be of concern in a custody dispute? Just mildly mind you… whatever floats your boat I guess.

      • Hue-Man

        Several decades ago, a friend of mine in his late 50s had a fling with a 20-something woman. They broke up when she raised the issue (repeatedly) of having a family; his kids were already in college and he had no wish to go through fatherhood again!

        I learned from that not to be critical of people’s parenting decisions; you hope that by that age they’d make sensible choices. More positively, an “elderly” parent probably has more experience and financial resources than a 15 y.o. first time father.

        • Tor

          My father was 44 when I was born. I always thought of him as “old.” Especially when compared to the parents of my friends.
          At least Anka has the means for comfortable support and, I would assume, considerable inheritance.

    • cleos_mom

      Anka has piss-poor taste in friends.

  • Friday

    Jennifer who? I may have no idea what art or music a ‘gay icon’ may actually *create* but even just from hanging out here with you boys I’ve usually at least heard the *name.*

  • Acronym Jim

    I can imagine how that update came about.

    *ring, ring*

    “Hello girl! How you DOIN’? I haven’t heard from you in a SUCH long time.”

    “WHAT?! I NEVER AGREED TO ANY SUCH THING. I’ll talk to you later, hon. I got to call my publicist.”

    “Hello, Morty? Jennifer Holliday. What the hell is this about me performing at that asshole’s inauguration?”

    “Didn’t anybody think to ask ME first?”

    “And I am telling you I’m not goin’. He’s the worst man I’ve ever known. There’s no way I can ever go. No, no, there’s no way. No, no, no, no way I’m singing for that poo.”

  • David Walker

    I think my disappointment is that she has to think about it.

    • Friday

      Seems as far as we know she could be entirely unaware of this.

      • David Walker

        I’m good with that, and relieved, so let me rephrase: My disappointment is that anyone on her staff has to think about it.

        • Friday

          For all I know she or her agent are desperate for any job, haven’t the slightest idea about factors like that in any case, all I know is that for some reason Trump and his ‘best people’ think it’s a great idea to keep lying about booking acts and getting rebuffed, at which point he says they suck anyway. 🙂

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Don’t do it Jennifer! They will eat you alive.

  • NO MORE GOP!

    One hopes she’ll see that this would be the end of her welcome just about anywhere.

  • SelectFromWhere

    I hope she’ll soon be telling us she’s not going.

  • Tom

    UPDATE: She’s going to sing. According to the NYTIMES breaking an hour ago
    AND she’s pulling out the victim card if anyone “hates” her for doing it. Following in the steps of Marian Anderson on the mall!!

  • JellyDonut

    Never buying another Toby keith download ever.

    • Mark

      I stopped when GWB was in office and he dissed the Dixie Chicks. If a song of his comes on the radio, I turn it off.

  • bsinps

    Not watching it at all. I could care less about this presidents inauguration ceremony!!!

  • londonbuddy

    If she does do it, Parliment house in Orlando will have to find another diva to worship, She’s been on every time ive been there

  • Jim Foy

    Gay Icon Jennifer Holliday is on the same career path of Donna Summer!

  • Pete

    Jon Voight? Isn’t he senile yet? The Washington Post had a front page story yesterday that the girl who is singing the national anthem, Jackie Evancho, has a sister who is a trans girl. The family says they are unsure whether their trans member is “welcome” at the inaugural along with them, so the poor young lady is publicly saying that she has “previous commitments”.

    • Tor

      That fucking sucks.

      • cleos_mom

        It would fucking suck even worse if she’d agreed to be “just a singer for the people on the mall.”

  • Djurisk

    Who?

  • Dream, Gurl!

    ‘AND ..I ..AM…TELLIN’ YOU…….I’M NOT GOIN’!”…

  • MonochromeMouse

    Tonight trump will be releasing a series of tweets about how has-been Jennifer Holliday begged him to let her preform at the inauguration but he heroically and brilliantly stood his ground and refused to let the special snowflake make his glorious inauguration a platform for Crooked Hillary.

  • houstonray

    Looks like another update, she IS singing.

    Jennifer Holliday explained her decision to perform at Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration during an interview with the New York Times on Friday.

    The legendary performer, known for her starring turn in the original Broadway run of “Dreamgirls,” said that she’ll be performing at the Jan. 19 concert “for the people.”

    “I’m singing on the mall for the people,” she explained to the Times. “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.”

    • Treant

      She’s now dead to me.

      • ByronK

        Soooo dead to me as well. WTF? Of all the people I thought would have given in, I never expected her. She should be ashamed, as a woman, as a black woman, as an artist who has benefited from and been embraced by the gay community, and most of all, as a fucking human being. “I’m just a singer”? Bullshit. You are now a supporter of fascism. 

        • Whole World’s Gone Low Brow

          I am very disappointed (and yes, frankly a little bit hurt) to see Jennifer Holliday shuck-and-jive for Donald. On the other hand, Hillary is going too.

          • Tiger Quinn

            She’s going as a statement. With her sitting there it’s going to piss off Donnie so much that the REAL winner is right there, getting cheered on.

    • cleos_mom

      If she “doesn’t have a dog in this fight”, she’s a collaborator.

    • rusty57

      I mean to be rude here, but any black woman who says “I don’t have a dog in this fight” is not paying FUCKING attention!

    • Tiger Quinn

      Oh fuck you lady. Have fun with that career NOW.

  • Andymac3

    Darlin’ there’s no way
    No, no, no, no way
    I’m releasing my taxes
    I’m not glvin’ you nothin’
    You see there’s just no way
    There’s no way

    And you, and you, and you
    You’re gonna hate me
    You’re gonna hate me, yes you are
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  • SDG

    Wasn’t actually an outright NO, either!

  • Blake Jordan

    The Women’s March should end with a concert of actual talent, to put Donnie to even further shame over attendance, etcetera!!!!

  • She can bid goodbye to her career.

  • Avenge the Rainbow

    Oh look! Donald Trump just hired a prostitute to piss on the gay people!

  • Happy_Housewife

    I hope she feels the effect of this decision immediately, and that every pride festival, gay bar, and gay-friendly venue cancels her contracts. That’s the only way to get to some celebrities – threaten their celebrity.

  • ClevelandJim

    Just posted on Towleroad;

    Jennifer Holliday will not be performing at the ‘Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration’ at the Lincoln Memorial for Trump’s inauguration after an announcement from the Presidential Inauguration Committee that she would inspired outrage and dismay from the LGBT community.

    Holliday apologized to the LGBT community in a letter provided to The Wrap:

    “My only choice must now be to stand withthe LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!”

    Holliday ends her letter telling her gay 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.”

    So now we like her again! lol

  • Deviancy Behavir

    FUCK HER! She did this song and dance about doing it and explaining why, because The Clintons were coming to the inauguration. Now because it’s going to hit her wallet and her supposedly icon status, she wants to come out with a statement and explain herself. She must think gay folks are fools, we’re not. She would’ve done it, collected the measly crumbs and cooned her way to the next event. And yes, I say coon, because any black person who would be associated with Trump, a man who refused to sell or rent properties to black people is a fucking coon.

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