Tony-award singing superstar, Jennifer Holliday, who was slated to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration has now announced that after more careful consideration, she will not be participating after all.
Just on Friday, Holliday defended her decision to sing at the inauguration during an interview with The New York Times.
“We’ve become such a polarized country – we’re not listening to what the Obamas have said,” she told the newspaper. “They told us to move forward with hope – they didn’t tell us to stop participating.”
She continued: “I voted for Mrs. Clinton, and they knew that. But if someone wants me to sing a national anthem or something, we think about America, and we go. I know everybody hates me now, but that shows we are all just hateful people now — we don’t even want to work together.”
However, by Saturday she had a change of heart, as a result of the intense backlash she received.
The Dreamgirls star told The Hollywood Reporter:
“The gay community has been so faithful and good to me. We share a bond because I really feel that there’d be no Jennifer Holliday or even a Dreamgirls lasting and being still relevant in this 21st century, some 35 years later, if it had not been for the gay community. Also, in the early ‘80s was the start of the HIV epidemic, at that time it had no name, I was right in the middle of that with the gay community.”
Jennifer added: “I don’t want my name to be associated with heartbreak or sadness thinking that I’m in support of something, when I’m just thinking that I was just singing a song. I had no reason to try to say ‘OK, well, I’m making a point’ by singing. I just thought I was singing to have my voice lend hope and healing and love and that sort of thing.“
On Saturday, Holliday wrote a letter to the gay community announcing her choice to pull out of the inauguration.
I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgment, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak for my fans,” she wrote. “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!”