Tony-award winning singer Jennifer Holliday appeared extremely emotional on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday as she spoke about the backlash she faced for initially agreeing to perform at Donald Trump‘s inaugural festivities.
“I haven’t done anything to be called names,” the star of Broadway’s “Dreamgirls” said tearfully on the daytime talkshow. Holliday claims she has been called the “N-word” and received death threats.
“I woke up, and there was, like, this whole thing of terrible tweets and things on my Instagram, and I was like, ‘Oh, Lord, what did I do?'” the 56-year-old said. The Trump Organization announced that Holliday was to be among the performers at the “Make America Great Again!” Welcome Celebration. After intense trolling the Grammy-Award winner pulled out of the event not long after the announcement. Photo: ABC, The Talk
“I live a pretty reclusive life,” Holliday told “The View” co-hosts. “You’re not on the radio, and then one morning you wake up, and everyone hates you.” Holliday has performed for four presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. “It didn’t dawn on me that this was a bad thing and we’re not doing America right now,” Holliday continued. Photo: ABC, The Talk
“It was my honest desire that my voice … could be used as an instrument of healing and unity,” she added. After an article in “The Daily Beast” titled “Jennifer Holliday Will Perform at Trump’s Inauguration, Which Is Heartbreaking to Gay Fans” was published last Friday (January 13, 2017), Holliday decided to back out of performing. Photo: Licensed Getty Images
“The gay community, since “Dreamgirls,” for 35 years, has been faithfully there for me,” she told the ladies on “The View.” “They were hurting and in pain.” Holliday said she didn’t want to be perceived as being a “liar” or a “hypocrite” by performing at the inauguration. Photo: Licensed Getty Images
In an open letter last week announcing her decision not to perform, Holliday wrote: “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.” Photo: Licensed Getty Images
Meanwhile Donald Trump may have scored his first African-American artist for his inauguration. Sources say R&B singer Chrisette Michele (pictured below) will be performing at the 45th Presidential inauguration. Photo: Licensed Getty Images
Michele and the Trump organizing committee are reportedly working together to come up with appropriate songs for her to sing. Sources have told “Page Six” that gospel singers Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds have been also been asked to perform at the festivities on Friday, January 20.
Trump has also finally lined up some “celebrity” guests. Stephen Baldwin will attend “several official events,” including the inaugural ball. Scott Baio and “Midnight Cowboy” actor (and Angelina Jolie’s father) Jon Voight are also expected to attend. Photo: Licensed Getty Images
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