We were a bit taken back this past week when we heard that Jennifer Holliday was going to perform at the “Welcome Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial for Trump’s inauguration. Our first thought was, “what the hell is she thinking performing for that asshole.”
Well Jennifer explains all in an open letter to the Wrap where she states,
“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!
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.
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.”
Thank you Jennifer for the explanation, we still love you!