AND SHE’S TELLING YOU, SHE’S NOT GOING: Jennifer Holliday Cancels Trump Inauguration Performance

The Wrap reports:

Jennifer Holliday has canceled her appearance at Donald Trump’s inauguration event next week, calling her decision to perform a “lapse of judgement.”

The Tony and Grammy winner came under fire from some of her fans on Friday after it was announced that she was set to perform at a concert as part of Trump’s inauguration festivities.

Holliday, considered a longtime LGBT ally, explained that she changed her mind after reading a Friday Daily Beast story titled, “Jennifer Holliday Will Perform at Trump’s Inauguration, Which Is Heartbreaking to Gay Fans.”

Here’s her full statement:

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Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having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

JENNIFER HOLLIDAY
“The Original DreamGirl”

  • Craig Howell

    A class act, always.

    • another_steve

      Craig, don’t know if you were there and/or remember… but did Holliday once perform on the D.C. Pride stage? And/or with the Gay Men’s Chorus of D.C. — at one of their concerts?

      • Craig Howell

        I saw her perform with the Gay Men’s Chorus on Washington at Lisner Auditorium on the GWU campus a few years ago. I think she performed on the Pride Day stage at the same time, but I didn’t see that performance.

        • another_steve

          Thanks. I have a poor memory but thought I saw her perform with the chorus. I’m also vaguely remembering her up there on the Pride Day stage.

          (Hubby and I are loyal GMCW season subscribers btw. Have been for probably 20 years now.)

  • Earl

    Awesome.

  • abqdan

    Anyone can make a mistake. Good job on admitting it, and fixing it. Yes indeed, the LGBT community has supported your career.

    • FAEN

      With all due respect this was a lot worse than a mistake. This isn’t playing for Romney et al. This is playing for a blob with Nazi like tendencies. Why would ANYONE who is in any way shape or form a minority sing for this racist asshole.

      Lapse in judgment = trying to avoid the rainbow shitstorm.

      • Randy Left Brooklyn

        Some of these artists are very unaware of any political currents going on in this country ever. I understand what you are saying, but in this case I genuinely believe she had no idea about the implications of what she was going to do.

        • m_lp_ql_m

          I’d say give her the benefit of the doubt, at least. If she’s really one of them, she’ll have another opportunity to show her true colors.

          • Randy Left Brooklyn

            She launched to stardom with Dreamgirls 35 years ago. If she was “one of them” we would have heard something before this.

        • Chucktech

          I’m sorry, but the only way an American citizen could be “unaware” of who and what Donald Trump is for the past year and a half would have to have been in a coma.

          I accept her apology, but jesus, what the ever-loving fuck could you have POSSibly been thinking??

          • cleos_mom

            Guess it’s one of those cases of the bar being set low for a star.

          • Randy Left Brooklyn

            It isn’t that she is unaware of what Trump is about, although I’ll bet she isn’t anywhere near as aware as the average person is about who Trump is.

            When I said she was unaware of the political currents, I was referring to the artist boycott of the inauguration. It is unprecedented, and she may well not have been paying attention to it. Certainly her management did not seem to get it, although they have done a good job on the apology

          • Gerry Fisher

            >I accept her apology, but jesus, what the ever-loving fuck could you have POSSibly been thinking??

            She wasn’t. I mean, this is just like all the other inaugurations, right? Things will basically be OK just like the past 4 or 5 other elections, right? We can all just vote the other way in a little while if need be, right? (Not necessarily, folks! This one’s different.)

          • Kruhn

            Chuck, she screwed up by the numbers. She apologized and now we forgive and make sure she doesn’t do it again.

        • Gerry Fisher

          As unbelievable as it sounds, I think you’re right. When I listen to Nicole Kidman and Marie Osmond, they really are making it sound as if it’s just like “Gore v W. Bush” or “Obama v McCain.” You know, when the country would survive OK if either got in. They’re operating on old assumptions, minimal information, and wishful thinking.

      • Wayne

        Well, I think she deserves the benefit of the doubt, not to mention, reports are that Trump is paying rapper Flo Rida over a million dollars to perform, so if he’s getting a million, who knows the astronomical amount they offered Jennifer Holliday to perform. Say what you will, but that kind of money has got to be tempting and hard to turn down. She did turn it down, and not only that, she let everyone know why she was turning it down.

        Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

      • Gerry Fisher

        On the one hand, she should have known better. (He’s racist, too, Jennfier.) On the other hand, I think we have bigger problems than Jennifer Hudson’s political naivete, so I’m more than willing to forgive and move on.

        • Kruhn

          Wrong Jennifer. It’s Jennifer Holliday.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Welp. I guess Melania is going to have to perform her act after all.

    https://i.makeagif.com/media/8-04-2015/EJJjsd.gif

    • Todd20036

      You know, I’d watch that

      • KCMC

        lemme grab my ping pong balls..

    • FAEN

      LMAO!

      “My wife used to be in the entertainment business.”

    • JT

      Guaranteed to be a pisser.

    • Gayskeptic

      I laughed soooo hard at this!! It made my Saturday!

    • Lazycrockett

      Congrads You Have Won The Internet!

    • perversatile
      • lymis

        I’ve always liked her. Now I like her a little bit more.

        • Deborahmgonzalez

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      • Dk6

        His white supremacist crony Bannon said he wants to destroy the government, they are well on their way to trying, appointing people to Cabinet positions that have views directly antithetical to their jobs. I’m more worried about that than his stupid tweets

        • perversatile

          “Cabal positions”

    • ceeenbee

      Okay, that was just bad. Really, really bad. Shame on you for being so funny.

    • LOL, I am going to tweet this, if you don’t mind!

      • Pollos Hermanos

        Go for it.

    • JuanGalicia

      Wait where is this from? I want to seeeee !

      • AtticusP

        The adventures of Priscilla Queen of the desert. Great movie!

        • FAEN

          “This is an ABBA turd?”

          LOL

      • Pollos Hermanos

        Here’s the scene.

        https://youtu.be/NDu9gbuKpKc

        • ZhyKitty

          It’s really Felicia’s laughing that gets to me in this scene.
          It’s infectious! lololol

          • Pollos Hermanos

            I would have laughed in the exact same way.

          • FAEN

            Absolutely, while Bernadette looks on appalled lol.

        • Nasty Girl Brianna

          Priscilla Queen of the Dessert? ROFL!

        • ByronK

          God I love this movie…

        • ByronK

          It’s that “poit” sound that kills me.

      • FAEN

        Ms Thang I’m about to yank your Gay Card away lol. Hope you enjoy it as much as we all have.

        • Garth

          I thought the exact same thing! Kids these days…

          • Stefon Stuffed It

            Ghurl should hang her boufant lacquered hair don’t in shame.

          • FAEN

            I know right 😉

    • Roger
      • boobert

        Miss Mazeppa is still around and lives in DC!

        • Craig Howell

          She goes by “Faith” now. Still blaring her trumpet everywhere, mostly on the local political scene. (But that act does get annoying.)

        • TuuxKabin

          Yay Mz. Mazeppa!

        • olandp

          I have always wanted to play Miss Mazeppa. What a part!

    • Librarykid

      Maybe Sarah Palin can sing?

    • boobert

      Oh, the horror! lol

    • carrot festival

      She’ll just lipsync as usual.

      • ceeenbee

        Which lips.

        • sonoitabear

          …ewww…So much for having lunch…

        • carrot festival

          You even have to ask? 😉

    • JDS

      LOL!!!!!

    • ByronK

      It will be such a sight when the cabbage rolls start shooting in to the crowd…

    • Henry Auvil

      Melania will stand before the nation and say, once again, ““From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect.” Then she’ll shoot ping-pong balls out of her pussy.

    • Gene

      I….just…love you so much right now Pollos

    • The Milkman

      Lemonade here I make! LemonADE for guests!

      I make chocolate cracker…

  • that’s the way it’s done. and yes, it does seem heartfelt.

  • Natty Enquirer

    She’s thankful for the ugly, hurtful comments? What is she, a masochist? Or just passive-aggressive? Strange bit in an otherwise pro forma PR piece.

  • Todd20036

    This is not our president there is no bipartisan. Trump and his ilk want to make LBGTs second class citizens at a minimum

    And I fear they might have some successes

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Well.. we already are.

    • Librarykid

      They want to make all minorities and all of the poor, including the poor whites who have no assets beyond their white skin, second class citizens. They are going to wake up from this nightmare with a terrible headache.

      • Niblet58

        Sadly I do not think they will. They’ll just watch their NASCAR and football, drinking their shitty beer and eating their fat filled diet getting sicker and sicker until they die early from no health care… blaming Obama and the DEMs for everything bad that happens in their life. I live around these clunk heads and that is what they do.

    • Bill_Perdue

      We’re already second class citizens when it comes to housing, public services and employment.

      That’s the fault of Democrats like you. Why did you Democrats refuse to pass ENDA in 2009 and 2010 when it was possible?

      • FAEN

        ^^^^Didn’t vote in this past election but continues to complain.

        • Bill_Perdue

          FAEN voted for racism because it’s a racist and for a bigot because it opposes ENDA.

          • FAEN

            You didn’t vote. Delete your account.

      • #2087

        stalking again. get a life!

  • Lars Littlefield

    That’s nice of her. I still don’t know who the hell she is . . . or care.

    • Natty Enquirer

      She made a very popular freak show out of a number in the musical Dream Girls when she starred in it.

  • Texndoc

    I would think the bigger news is I read Paul Anka isn’t going, either. Because people would expect her to withdraw.

    • Cackalaquiano

      Thanks for sharing that. I hadn’t heard he’d backed out too, and I actually verified elsewhere.

    • Charlie

      I was just going to comment on that. I went into Paul Anka’s facebbok page this morning and saw the news. I was planning on adding a comment there about how disappointed I was to hear that he was going to entertain for the Chittolini’s coronation. Apparently he’s involved in a child custody battle with his ex-wife(??? at 75 years old???) and he couldn’t attend BUT he would have if he could because he’s a good friend of Trump. He also said that he does NOT agree with Trump’s ‘shenanigans’ and he was only going to do it out of respect for the office, not the man (even though they have been friends for years). I left a message and thanked him.

  • AtticusP

    Aren’t there any Russian stars that he can invite? They would be happy… I mean, Putin would be happy if they were to perform at Trump’s little shindig on January 20.

    Makes no difference to me. I don’t plan to watch it, and short of an assassination attempt, I won’t even watch it on YouTube later.

    • KCMC

      These guys could get lucky https://youtu.be/TlUsMuz9_RU

      • SoCalGal20

        They were killed in that plane crash a few weeks back so unless Pat Robertson prays them back to life they won’t be there.

        • KCMC

          these guys police, same as army?

          • SoCalGal20

            LOL I’m not exactly sure but I don’t think so so my mistake. This is apparently the Interior Ministry (Police?) choir.

            The choir that was killed was the Alexandrov Ensemble. I think some people on YouTube use Red Army choir for both the Alexandrov Ensemble and the Interior Ministry choirs.

            https://youtu.be/WcYOaqNETsU

            https://youtu.be/ZOuoJR347vY

          • KCMC

            Yeah, different groups, I believe.

    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      Maybe they could get some Russian soldiers to sing the Spongebob theme song?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8slqbNdacM

    • TrollopeReader
      • carrot festival

        Followed by a fashion show. There always has to be a fashion show segment.

        • TuuxKabin

          Always gets a laugh. My Russian side of the family doesn’t find it so funny. Sad.

          • carrot festival

            Losers. Pitiful! 😉

          • TuuxKabin

            Yeah, and this election’s sorta driven a wedge among us. They’re on the left coast I’m east. A niece out there told me she felt ‘left out’ that she was not invited to Orthodox Christmas festivities at one of their homes. A first. Makes me wonder how long have there been moles over here. So I keep sending them pooty tooty and agent orange gifs, memes and snarky messages to them. They can delete my account.

      • AtticusP

        I’ll bet their rendition of “Stayin’ Alive” is performed with fingers firmly crossed by all…

        • Dazzer

          When they performed at the Eurovision Song Contest, they were everyday peasant women baking fresh bread.

          Given their age, no-one was sure whether it was a prop oven or a mobile crematorium.

          • Bill_Perdue

            UKIP members hate anyone across the Channel, and especially women. The term “The wags start at Calais” is still popular among English rightists and racists.

          • #2087

            stalking is your hobby. fuck off!

      • ceeenbee
      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
        • TrollopeReader

          oooh … I don’t know her!

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            Olya Pavlatsky is the recurring Russian character by Kate McKinnon, on SNL’s Weekend Update. Which brings me to post the best ever performance by Kate McKinnon…

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I7aNlUcoiM

          • TimCA

            “I’m not giving up and neither should you”

            Fight back!

          • TrollopeReader

            thank you!

    • SoCalGal20

      Well, the Russian Red Army choir was killed in that Russian plane crash a few weeks back so they’re not an option.

    • Librarykid

      That would be the literal end of Trump, the Republicans, everything to have Russian performers at an inaugural.

      • AtticusP

        I am trying really hard to see the downside of that.

        No luck so far.

        • Librarykid

          none here, either.

      • Chucktech

        You say that like it’s a bad thing?

        • Librarykid

          More like a dream come true.

      • lymis

        You know, I wish that you were right, but he’s already done so many things that would instantly ended anyone else that I’m not sure he couldn’t be sworn in by Putin and have it matter.

      • Scott Carpenter

        I think you underestimate the pretzels of logic a minority are willing to tie themselves into to validate Hair Furor.
        Sean Hannity would be crowing about how great it is that Russia is becoming an ally.

    • ericxdc
    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      It would be neat if some subversive performer decided to perform the Russian national anthem instead of his/her/their scheduled number, just to piss off Hair Comrade Furor and still-KGB Putin.

      • BearEyes

        that would be must-see TV

        • Chucktech

          I think you’d see a test pattern and “We’re experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.”

      • lymis

        I’m still voting for “Send In the Clowns.”

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Too bad Mr Trololo isn’t with us anymore.

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

      • bzrd

        this is what heaven is like

      • BearEyes

        I guess toupees weren’t in the 5 year plan after all

      • MB

        Mister Trololo’s compozurrz no haz dickshunarees ???

  • Blake Jordan
  • MB

    However, the (Episcopal) Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys IS going to sing before the inaugural ceremony begins.

    http://d35brb9zkkbdsd.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/National-Cathedral-Interior.jpg

    IMHO the Bishop of Washington Mariann Edgar Budde, the Dean of the Cathedral Randy Hollerith and the Director of Music, Mike McCarthy are selling out to notoriety and trying to appear trendy while appealing to the Rethuglican base and Rethugs in the Church that are large financial donors.
    Regardless of how the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry , the BOW and the Cathedral’s Dean try to spin it, The Inauguration is NOT a Church service.

    SHAME on The Episcopal Church. I haz innumerable sadz about this.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/01/13/washington-national-cathedrals-decision-to-participate-in-trumps-inauguration-is-creating-tension/?utm_term=.3324a6db436f

  • Blake J Butler

    Saw this on Redbubble and i thought it would be great to have it printed on a shirt. All they had was a sticker instead. Could go on a bumper sticker i suppose.

    Heres the link it wouldn’t let me save it as a desktop image. The Dinosaurs Die Out.

    https://www.redbubble.com/people/6witch3/works/23881300-dinosaurs-die-out?grid_pos=330&p=sticker

    • m_lp_ql_m

      “Witchier” tho? Kind of a cop out. Good message tho.

  • CanuckDon

    I’ll bet Joe couldn’t wait to type that headline!

    Call in the court jesters. They’ll entertain the new King.

  • another_steve

    “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.”

    Not sure I understand how she could have thought that throwing rose petals in front of Hitler would not be considered support for the Third Reich, but whatever.

    She made a mistake and then fixed it.

    We all make mistakes.

    • Randy

      Guess neither she nor anyone on her staff is old enough to remember what happened to Donna Summer’s career once she alienated the gay community.

      • another_steve

        Summer, of course, subsequently denied that she had said hateful things concerning our community and AIDS, but the damage had been done.

        Her having declared herself a “born-again” Christian, combined with what she was said to have said, condemned her.

        • Chucktech

          Jesus is box office poison.

          • another_steve

            Lol. For sure.

            I always say to my man, when I see one of those religious kook business vehicles — you know, “Jesus is Lord Plumbing and Sewer Service” on the van — “Who in their right mind — other than other religious kooks — are going to do business with that company?”

          • Chucktech

            But if your community is chock full of jesus-kooks, it’s golden! And once, I specifically chose not to hire “Son Rise Electricians” for just that reason.

  • Randy503

    No apologies needed, girlfriend! We all make a mistake now and again. We love you and stand by you.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    OT: For those that hate twitter, it does have it’s benefits 🙂

    https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/820070763516559360

    Keith Olbermann ‏@KeithOlbermann 16h16 hours ago
    Keith Olbermann Retweeted Ben Sasse
    Well, Senator, if you’re endorsing a peaceful transfer of power from this country to the Russians, then go fuck yourself.

    • Michael R

      Ben Sasse is the junior United States Senator from the state of Nebraska.

      https://s28.postimg.org/5nzmskm7x/Ben_Sasse.jpg

      • Tiger Quinn

        To my friend….oh fuck you, cracker ass cracker.

        • CanuckDon

          I learned years ago to never trust anyone who uses the cliched “my friend” in their sales pitch.

      • ericxdc

        Reading his twitter feed, it really does seem he’s trying to reach out and understand. Too bad he’s a republican and likely will never quite be able to achieve that goal. But, his intentions seem to be heartfelt.

      • Cuberly

        He’s oneof those that plays the “lets be reasonable” routine. sometimes he sounds human even.

        All you have to do to have him show his real colors is mention Prez Obama. He flips to his tea-bagger intolerant 100% GOP agenda bullshit rather easily.

        • another_steve

          The whole “respect for the dignity of the office, not for the man” thing is, I think, tricky. Difficult. Requires a fair amount of mental/emotional acrobatics.

          Jumping directly to a Hitler analogy… Would/should a good and honorable German of the 1930s help Hitler celebrate his ascension to power?

          President Obama is going to the inauguration and we all know what he thinks of the Sexual Predator-Elect.

          Tricky, this.

          Difficult.

          • lymis

            You can respect the dignity of the office without attending the Inauguration.

            The Chief Justice actually has to show up. Not that this one will have much of an objection, but he’s got a duty to perform.

            Someone else not showing up just to be a spectator doesn’t materially affect the conduct of the ceremony. Choosing not to participate is not “not peaceful.”

          • another_steve

            I dunno, lymis. It’s complicated. I’m conflicted.

            I was a federal executive leading up to my retirement in 2000. I have a sense of government protocol and how you sometimes have to swallow your personal opinions and do what’s best for the institution.

            Not what’s best for you and your personal feelings, but best for the institution.

          • lymis

            We’re talking about not attending the inauguration, not blowing off the State of the Union.

            What’s best for the institution is a bit out of the window at this point, anyway.

          • Robincho

            Let’s see if Roberts fucks THIS one up, shall we?…

          • Kruhn

            Actually, any old judge or Justice of the Peace can swear the President. Both TR and Coolidge were sworn in by a local judge, in Coolidge’s case, the judge happened to be his dad. Of course, this happened when they found out they’d become President because his predecessor died.

          • ChrisMorley

            He’ll have his fingers crossed.

          • another_steve

            And vampire-repelling vervain in his pocket.

        • LovesIrony

          he’s an anti-gay bigot endorsing the 1st amendment protect bigotry act. He is not one to look to for anything positive for gay people.

        • Ninja0980

          Yup, push comes to shove he is just as much of an asshole as the rest of them are.

        • Gerry Fisher

          I’ve decided not to engage in the surface logic of anything said by Republicans. Clearly, they say only what they need to say in order to maintain power.

          • Cuberly

            Same here.

    • bzrd

      WTF, ben
      did you not read the constitution about the electoral college and not voting in a hateful, racist, bigoted, misogynistic, narcissistic sociopath to be president
      ?????????????????????????????????????

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      “To John Lewis, one of my heroes…

      and for whom I plan to vote against every chance I can get, all the while convincing you and your “progressives” that you’re a bunch of whiners who had it just fine until the MLK came around. But hey! nothing personal. And btw, All lives matter. And no homo.” Toodles, bruh, Ben

    • Gerry Fisher

      Silly me. I thought a peaceful transition of power was about a peaceful transition of power. You don’t need for me to show up to make that happen.

  • ISTlife

    On the one hand, how out of touch can one be to think that this wouldn’t raise a stink, when so many other artists have refused/backed out and given the backgrounds of Cheeto Von Shitstain and Pence?
    But on the other, thats the way an apology should be done.

    No “if I offended” in sight.

    • xtal

      It’s Cheetolini I believe.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Cheetolini Von PissStain, for the sake of completeness.

        • xtal

          hahahahahahaha !

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is how an apology is made; heartfelt and genuine. Thank you Jennifer.

    • gaymex1

      I agree. Admit the mistake, apologize and move on.

    • ceeenbee

      No kidding. No non-apology apology we’ve become accustomed to.

    • teeveedub

      My sentiments exactly. Some of our “I’m-sorry-that-you-were-offended” politicians could take a lesson from her.

    • danolgb

      Although I have a hard time reconciling it with her more public statement.

      “I guess it’s not like those old days when political views were your own and you had freedom of speech.”

      http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8d4b96868efa43bc8db8c9614fc2a8a2/holliday-sees-inaugural-gig-people-not-trump

      • lymis

        Well, Trump is not like “those old politicians,” where even if you disagreed with them, you could sort of assume that they weren’t deliberately setting out to sell the country to the Russians while dismantling the Constitution. Not even the ones you knew were crooks.

    • glass

      Agreed. And that is an apology that I would expect from a highly talented person. I’m glad she knows how much we still love her.

    • Kruhn

      A very classy apology from a very classy lady.

  • Blake Mason

    That apology made me tear up.

    “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.”

    Bitch don’t you know WE will never leave nor forsake you, to borrow a phrase…

    I remember my mother buying your album when I was a little gay boy in the 80s… and I would listen with her.

    BITCH WE GOT YOU! DON’T EVER FORGET!

    I know her heart ws in the right place… as she mentioned she has performed for other R presidents.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Calling her bitch repeatedly certainly shows that love and respect.

      • Blake Mason

        It is done affectionately… bitch.

      • Bill_Perdue

        Amazing.

        • #2087

          bitch

  • xtal

    Sane people do this. Clarity is a gift that we share.

  • TimCA

    O/T: Trump and the media – The Young Turks

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkIrWXO455Y

  • TuuxKabin

    Thank you for your explanation. No apology needed after reading that. Now come perform a NYC gig. Pretty please.

  • ericxdc

    I now have even more appreciation for her. Thank you, Ms. Holiday. Thank you.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Wow, the backlash must have been HARSH. That’s a hell of an apology, and a little more than I think we needed. But still, good for her.

  • ceeenbee

    I saw Jennifer in the original run of Dreamgirls. The audience was on their feet and applauding before she even sang the first note of “And I Am Telling You”. She was incredible then and she was so genuine here thanking all those who supported her. She is a class act, not fitting for the tiny fingered, cheeto-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon.

    • xtal

      haha shitgibbon

  • Dana Chilton

    get ready for a donald trump twitter tirade against her

    • m_lp_ql_m

      3 to 1 says it’s all caps.

  • boobert

    Thank you Holiday and Anka. Now I don’t have to bust my album of Annette sings Anka! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b9014b1739268a7b56a9b982dfa7f3fb3063c423cc3b9f1152fa780f749499f7.jpg

    • TuuxKabin

      ‘Canker’ isn’t off the hook. He’s not going because, as a 70 year old, he has a custody hearing against his wife over their adopted adolescent son. He is in agent orange’s camp.

      • boobert

        I think that was an excuse to back out.

        • TuuxKabin

          If he has to make an excuse and not state his real reason, IMHO, he’s just as phoney as he ever was.

          • boobert

            Yea , but I can’t bust my Annette album. I’m gonna eat a skippy sandwich,lol.

          • TuuxKabin

            Oh don’t you even think of it. Annette’s okay in my books and even tho we grind our own PB, SKIPPY was what I grew up on. AND Annette.

          • Reality.Bites

            Who cares though? Till yesterday I could not have told you if he was still alive. Wasn’t a fan then, won’t be one now. The only thing I care about this is Trump’s humiliation on the international stage.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Strange memories. I recall my brother kissing our TV whenever Annette Funnyjello’s face appeared during the Mickey Mouse Club. “Today is Tuesday. You know what that means? We’re going to eat a special guest. So put on your ears, like good Mousketeers, ’cause Tuesday is special eat a guest day!”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ1r81dJ2bg

      • fuzzybits

        Boo,where’s the guest?

        • Lars Littlefield

          They ate him.

  • Gigi

    Good move. The Trumpanzee outrage will be delicious.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Doubt it. They can’t tell one brown person from another.

      • Chucktech

        They can, however, tell when there’s no brown person at all.

  • Blake Mason
  • boobert
  • ericxdc

    He’s got no one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PAUL ANKA BOWS OUT OF TRUMP INAUGURATION A DAY AFTER COMMITTING TO PERFORM

    http://www.newsweek.com/paul-anka-performing-trump-inauguration-542451

    Less than 24 hours after the news broke, Anka has announced that he is bowing out so “he can spend time with his son.”

    Uh huh. “spend more time with my family.”

  • Jean

    I just bought her song – wouldn’t it be sweet if she was at the top of the charts in inauguration week 😊

    • TuuxKabin

      You may have started a movement. Good idea.

    • Blake Mason

      That would be a great thank you to her.

  • Giant Monster Gamera
    • JWC

      any body got a record player and a good supply of 33 1/3 and 45’s

      • fuzzybits

        I do,but they’re not getting it!

        • JWC

          it might be his last option

        • TuuxKabin

          You hang on to those, they’d hock ’em on ya’.

          • fuzzybits

            I’ve sold some over the years,but then you wind up buying more.

          • TuuxKabin

            A benefit of small-ish apartment living. Not a lot of room to collect things. A friend use to lecture me about buying albums. Thought I should be saving my money. When CD’s were issued, I told her every time I bought a CD and it pleased her I was investing my money in certificates of deposit. I

    • Lars Littlefield

      Why, that thar’s Billy Redden. He was a whoppin’ sixteen years old when he showed up in Deliverance and even though it looks like he’s a strummin’ and a tweekin’ he didn’t know no how to play a banjo. They faked his performance for the film. If you look at the left hand playing the chords you’ll notice it doesn’t match the right hand fake strummin’ the strings. The majik of da moovies.

    • Martin

      Sorry, hope you weren’t eating…
      http://cdn.aattp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/AATTP-Ted-Nugent-Crazy-Eyes.jpg
      Life is throwing Trump melons, maybe he’s dyslexic.

  • danolgb

    So, that’s a nice statement and all, but I have a really hard time reconciling it with what she told the rest of the media. This seems like wanting to have it both ways.

    “I guess it’s not like those old days when political views were your own and you had freedom of speech. … We live in a different time now, and a decision to go and do something for America is not so clear-cut anymore.”

    I’m glad she backed out, but she pulled the “infringing on my freedom of speech” card.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8db96868efa43bc8db8c9614fc2a8a2/holliday-sees-inaugural-gig-people-not-trump

    • JWC

      does peforming at the innaugural net any real money???

    • Treant

      To some extent. The fact that she considered it at all lowers her star considerably, far’s I’m concerned. The apology doesn’t do anything to raise it.

      Now some advocacy for the community would do it, but that probably won’t happen.

    • Snarkaholic

      I’m kind of surprised that she doesn’t seem to have been aware of the numerous atrocious White Supremacist cabinet picks. What POC would want to perform for that evil administration?

  • fuzzybits

    Good on her.

  • Halou

    Update us with the Trump rage tweet, please.

  • ceeenbee

    No Anka. No Holiday.

    I guess the tiny fingered, cheeto-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon is back to chachi singing “Thank Heaven for Little Girls”.

    • Treant

      “Their bladders get bigger every day!”

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        What!! Is Chachi going to pee on the shitgibbon and sing too?
        He may just break into the A ranks after all.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        “Grab ’em by the bladder!”

    • Sam_Handwich

      oh, i didn’t realize Anka dropped out too

      • Hue-Man

        I posted this yesterday.

        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.

        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

      • ceeenbee

        I think he said something about needing to do his hair or something.

        • m_lp_ql_m

          He’s just envious of Trump’s.

      • billbear1961

        He DID, Representative Handwich!

      • MB

        But Jackie Evancho is still singing the National anthem.
        SAD.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Yep, but for personal — not political — reasons. Huh!

    • Jerry

      And thank FSM Maurice Chevalier isn’t around to witness it…

  • gosh, and here i thought i was having a week without humor.

    i don’t know who she is, except for what i just read here. but i’m very glad she did this. it will go a long way, for her and others, to know that it’s totally the right thing to do: tell drumpf “NO.”

    anytime. every time. even past the best time. but it’s a word anyone in contact with him in any way needs to learn to say, over and over and over.

  • Martin

    A sincere and actual apology, what a true rarity.

  • Henry Auvil

    Twitter tantrum in 3… 2… 1… No talent. Overrated singer. Caved to the gays. Sad!

    • KnownDonorDad

      Unlike 3 Doors Down and Toby Keith…really tremendous artists, very, very talented.

      • Bryan

        I’m glad I decided to ignore 3DD after all their pro-Army Reserve ads in 2007, right when we were all getting the most anti-war. Pissed me right the fuck off.

  • fuzzybits

    I’ve been listening to this a lot lately. https://youtu.be/8vgDpI8kU98

  • KnownDonorDad
  • billbear1961
    • MB

      🙂

      • billbear1961

        THERE you are!

        🙂

        I was wondering how you were!!

        Others have gone missing: Steven Leahy, Octavio.

        I saw Vorpal not TOO long ago, but not as much as in the past. (Of course, *I’m* not here as often as I used to be, either.)

        Hope you’re well, dear MB!!

  • Cuberly

    That was a well crafted statement.

    I get the desire to unify and bring people together. After such a divisive election who doesn’t want to extinguish the red hot barrage of constant anger and finger-pointing.

    Problem is, this is a very different situation. There’s a political party in power that has no desire to moderate or bring the country together. They’re using Trump as cover to basically instigate a coup.

    To unify, you have to have willing participants.

    • KCMC

      National LGTB Band faced dilemma, as mission is to be visible, show pride. Backed out early from parade marching as safety concerns loomed.

      • Cuberly

        Can’t blame them. Lord knows how that would have gone during the procession.

        • KCMC

          Yes, and yet the official word was, parade had security, however meeting and rehearsal spaces would not. Sad days, mad world.

    • billbear1961

      They are all TRAITORS, some literally, sellouts to Russia, which is FULL of like-minded FASCISTS; others to any concept of decency and FAIRNESS, i.e. JUSTICE, without which genuine democracy PERISHES.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Can Kid Rock come to Trump’s rescue? Maybe he’ll become ambassador of Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogie said up jump the boogie.

  • Cuberly

    Well, Dahnald plays the accordion. Who knew!

    https://twitter.com/rabbitandcoffee/status/819906384917446656

    • Treant

      Inauguration 2017: Six hours of accordion music. Sounds appropriate.

      • Cuberly

        That’d work.

        Or for that REAL autocratic vibe there’s that N. Korean guitar group. I mean, creepy as hell group.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSedE5sU3uc

        • Treant

          The lyrics are, “If you fuck this up, Dear Leader will kill you, bury your body in a pit in the night…”

      • coram nobis

        All together now: “Lady of Spain, I abhor you …”

      • KCMC

        wind bellows and finger work.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          wind bags and small finger work.

        • Treant

          Mind you, you did just describe much of my dating expertise…

  • DoctorDJ
  • dcurlee

    Guess Melania will be doing her pole dance act after all

  • Max_1
  • The Milkman

    Good decision. I accept her apology. The issue isn’t that Trump is a Republican. This is not a normal transition to a Republican administration, and no amount of whining from Fox News will make it so.

    • billbear1961

      I saw a headline where some SHIT from Fox is whining that reporting on the Russia dossier is “an attack on the American people.”

      What a bunch of miserable FUCKS they are at Fox!

      The TREASON committed by Trump and his Putin-worshiping henchmen is the ATTACK on the American people!!

      • Reality.Bites

        Hi Billbear, I’m so glad to see you. I haven’t been around as much post election and I haven’t seen you when here, so I was worried you’d left.

        • billbear1961

          Hello, RB, I am VERY glad to see you, as well!!

          XO

  • Tor

    She probably realized she would never work another gay venue in her life. We have long memories. Remember Coors?

  • M Jackson

    Atta girl!

  • Dot Beech

    A very nice statement. I’m so happy she made this choice to cancel and that she explained herself so fully. It’s not easy to admit a big fuck up.

    Welcome back, Jennifer.

  • coram nobis

    Finally the dramatic exit.

    Wave your little hand and whisper so long dearie
    You ain’t gonna see me anymore
    And when you discover that your life is dreary
    Don’t you come a knockin’ at my door
    ‘Cause I’ll be all dolled up and singin’ that song
    That says you dog, I told you so
    So wave your little hand and whisper so long dearie
    Dearie should have said so long
    So long ago

    (spoken) And on those cold winter nights, Donald …
    You can snuggle up to your cash register …
    It’s a little lumpy, but it rings!
    — “Hello, Dolly”

    • billbear1961

      Lumpy and EMPTY, which is why he ran for the presidency.

      The CON has done everything he can to CASH IN on his “victory” since.

      (Hello, CN!)

      • coram nobis

        Hiya, billbear!

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Oh, sure, uh-huh. From the Los Angeles Times:

    …she did not realize that her participation would be interpreted as a statement of support for President-elect Donald Trump. In an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Holliday defended her decision to perform at the inauguration. “I didn’t see it as singing for Trump; I saw it as singing for the people on the mall,” Holliday told the AP. “How could I have this
    much hate spewing at me, and I haven’t even done anything? I guess it’s not like those old days when political views were your own and you had freedom of speech. We live in a different time now, and a decision to go and do something for America is not so clear-cut anymore.”

    LOLROFL etc.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Yea, the MSM is running the non-apology apology. Which is the truth?

      • Earl

        Both might be. As they both kind of are.

        I don’t remember this level of anger when GW was installed. Maybe that’s why the anger now though.

        • Reality.Bites

          There is, mercifully, a loud and large contingent not only of ordinary citizens, activists and pundits, but even corporations who are standing up and saying, “No, I will NOT pretend that this man is the legitimate president of the USA. He’s a criminal operating a gang of criminals at the behest of Putin.”

          And that’s big.

        • canoebum

          That’s because W was merely a doofus and a corporate tool. Der Herr is a lying, greedy conman and Russian agent. We have to get rid of this guy ASAP. He represents a national calamity from which we may not recover for decades, if at all.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        I believe the non-apology was her first reaction to the very hard blowback, even including death threat (which are inappropriate, in my view.) The second is the real apology, after she talked to people, digested the blowback and realized what was happening.

        I believe the real apology to be the well thought out sincere statement.

  • DaddyRay

    Maybe Urethra Franklin is available

    • xtal

      looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

    • coram nobis

      * snort *

      Or Catheter of Russia?

    • KCMC

      choking on salsa. HA!!!

    • Natty Enquirer

      Performing her solid gold hit, “I Spray A Little Prayer.”

      • Treant

        “…On You.”

  • Paula

    Another enemy for the Trump White House to have to keep track of. Pretty soon, it will be 90% of the country.

    • Earl

      You mean it’s not already 90%?

      I suppose there’s still time. 🙂

    • Blake Mason

      Omarosa is keeping track of all the african-american enemies.

      • xtal

        “Yassum Massa”

  • JDS

    Wow, she saw the light and logic.

  • Spudman

    Maybe these guys are available…?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhN5yv8lvdc

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Certainly not. They should perform at a counter-inauguration event.

    • TimCA

      Kazaky would be a perfect FU to the incoming administration on several levels but particularly given the fact they’re Ukrainian. LOL!

  • Lazycrockett
  • rusty57

    So, it turns out she had a dog in the fight after all.

    • billbear1961

      Yes, I think she noticed when it started barking.

  • Treant

    Way OT: Does anybody use an Android emulator on their PC? I’m currently downloading AndyOS, but if there’s anything better (and free as I need it for one specific purpose), please let me know!

  • coram nobis
    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Quite beautiful.

      “Yellow river” does elicit different images, these days, however. Let’s forget about that while we enjoy.

      • coram nobis

        It’s also one of the most demanding piano concertos there is, and still on the concert circuit in China and elsewhere, despite its origins in Mao’s day.

        The soloist here is Yundi Li.

  • Bryan

    But……juiciness? -sob-

  • Ernest Endevor

    Jennifer Holliday is the original Dreamgirl.

  • TJay229

    Another reason I love her.

  • houstonray

    This was way more than usual (when someone “apologizes” to the community) and so for that I thank her and I’m glad she understands.

    Back in rotation on my playlist!

  • boobert

    fox fb finally got around to mentioning this, and the comments are typical. Funny that they forgot to mention Anka also backing out because he has to wash his hair! lol

    • Mark

      I think he has to dye it most likely.

    • edrex

      can’t he just drop it off an pick it up afterwards.

  • Bill_Perdue

    In related news organizers of the ” Women’s March (which bp) will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21 in DC with sister marches all over the country (and world) to “affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination,” according to the official platform. After a rocky start, the organizers have put together an inclusive and intersectional policy platform.

    The document lays out the march’s purpose, values and principles, and gives an important nod to movements that came before them: the suffragists and abolitionists, the America Indian Movement, the Civil Rights era, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street and the fight for LGBTQ rights.

    “Our liberation is bound in each other’s,” the platform states.”. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/read-the-womens-march-on-washingtons-beautifully-intersectional-policy-platform_us_5878e0e8e4b0e58057fe4c4b

    This is a major development the fight to stem the tide of Trumpism. In spite of seriously good mass actions like this some right wing scum will continue to use terms like ‘bi/ch’ and ‘cu/t ‘ in their comments. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5c74ee6031c9f0965259409ddacf46a4520f9b8341f937fafd2c79007285d85.jpg

    • John Ruff

      My husband and I have tickets

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Thanks for sharing. I will also broadcast on other social media. It has to be a major success, to make the Drumphfest pale in comparison.

    • LADY MABELINE

      My husband and I will be marching in Los Angeles

  • Bryan

    I’ve been avoiding TP for alittle while cause their coverage was shit but we’ve got this in their headlines:

    Edit: Dick Durbin wants a special committee because he doesn’t believe the Senate will honestly investigate.

    https://thinkprogress.org/leading-senate-dem-says-gop-lacks-the-will-for-a-serious-russian-hacking-inquiry-2c64e477822f#.nr5fohum2

  • Larry Lautzenheiser

    I guess the von Trapp Family Singers are out of the question…..

  • TKW

    What ever happened to those three little girls in majorette outfits singing to “Over There?” Oh, that’s right, Trump forgot to pay them…http://time.com/4424496/usa-freedom-kids-donald-trump-sue-lawsuit/

  • John Ruff

    She’s definitely my Dreamgirl now

  • cleos_mom

    NO singer or musician’s work can be a “healing and unifying force” in this situation, and someone thinking it would borders on the grotesque. That’s something like expecting a particularly decorative band aid can help heal a cancerous sore.

  • MarkBuster

    I can fully respect her for saying that she had a lapse of judgement. I have them frequently. Having the balls or ovaries to admit it and correct your path is a good thing.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    This little Dino will tell you who had the momentary lapse of judgment – Fred Trump!!!
    Damn him!!

  • Rocco

    Jennifer, I will always love you. Oh, uhm.😜 I will, though. Never mind the nasty/crazy queens. Most of us fell back in 1982, and we aren’t going anywhere. 😜We um, don’t want you to anywhere either. Really. 😍

  • leastyebejudged

    explained that she changed her mind after reading a Friday Daily Beast story titled, “Jennifer Holliday Will Perform at Trump’s Inauguration, Which Is Heartbreaking to Gay Fans.”

  • Djurisk
  • jaydee5000

    I hate Trump as much as anybody, but I thought the over the top reaction to JH performing at the inaugural was a kind of fascist move by the gay protesters. She stated she was performing for America, not endorsing Trump. Are we really such pussies that we have to FORCE our “icons” to do our bidding? All that does is make us look like PC loons to the right. We should be concentrating on electing supporters at the local level and getting rid of the Religious Right who are really trying to do us harm, not shaming an entertainer to do our bidding from the safety of our laptops. Queens, please.

    • Maggie 4NoH8

      So basically you are saying “I have a ___________ friend” is good enough to prove you aren’t _____________.

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  • Jaxtall

    She should sing HELL NO from Purple

  • LADY MABELINE

    Thank you Ms. Holiday. “Dreamgirls”. The only show I ever sat through twice.

  • Ernest Endevor

    See now I’m confused. I thought this was Jennifer Hudson, hence my comment that J Holliday was the real dream girl. I had no idea that Ms Holliday, who was truly splendid in Dreamgirls, could be considered an A-lister. Mind you, knowing that it’s her the tone of vain condescension makes more sense.

  • SDG

    She never should have agreed in the first place.

  • bob

    Translation: you have bullied me enough to put a scare in me.

    And we on the Left plunge deeper into a weird type of fascism.