rebecca ferguson trump

English singer Rebecca Ferguson was, so far, the only major name mentioned as a prospect to play at Trump’s inauguration ceremony on January 20th.

The singer wasn’t pleased about it, so she requested she be allowed to play ‘Strange Fruit’ there.

I requested to sing “Strange Fruit” as I felt it was the only song that would not compromise my artistic integrity and also as somebody who has a lot of love for all people, but has a special empathy as well for African American people and the #blacklivesmatter movement, I wanted to create a moment of pause for people to reflect.

But even that plan by Trump to add some celebrity and star power to his big day is falling apart.

Ms Ferguson has pulled out. In a statement this morning she said:

There are many grey areas about the offer for me to perform that I’m unable to share right now, but I will not be singing. However, I genuinely wish your nation nothing but love. I would also like to pay homage to a few of your great female artists: Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and the brave and remarkable Eartha Kitt and her beautiful untold story.

What is Trump going to do now? Who will actually play at his inauguration?

These are the only names confirmed so far: the Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and 16-year-old ‘America’s Got Talent’ singer, Jackie Evancho.

But even those names ran into problems:

One Tabernacle choir member quit in protest, and some Rockettes protested their inclusion in the event, as well. Company management later said members were not required to perform.

Oh dear…

Maybe the man with small hands will tweet throughout his big day to entertain everyone?

  1. I think it was a mistake for Rebecca Ferguson to agree to sing in the first place regardless of the song. If the things that she says really matter to her do – singing for him would have been a non starter.

  2. Stuart McMullen says:

    Everyone should play the Hendrix version of the star spangled banner on their smart phones. Drown out the orange charlatan.

  3. Patrick Graham says:

    I like Mr McMullen’s idea – but turning up to the inauguration and surviving being surrounded by shouting racist asshats for the hours before it even starts would kill me.

    Sabotage via celebrity might well be the way he is pushed to breaking point though…
    Meryl Streep has shown, once again, how thin skinned he is on this issue.
    and the public – even the redneck Fox viewing public – watch their movie stars and hear what they say…
    Someone will go public on his Racist remarks on Celebrity Apprentice
    No celebrity of talent will back this tangerine man-baby
    Soon his very many bad deeds plus inability to remain populist and popular will bring him crashing down.
    Ladbrokes are offering 9-4 on his not completing one term.

  4. I heard that Phil Spector might appear if there’s a free pardon in it. Otherwise it’s going to be 50 Russian strippers flown in by Putin and Gary Glitter by video link from HMP Albany.
    (Have Pussy Riot offered?)

  5. I think Rebecca Ferguson played it very well. She made it clear in her very first response that any participation would be conditional upon her choosing to sing Billy Holliday’s Strange Fruit. She knew that either Trump accepting those conditions or his refusal to do so would place him in an unfavourable position.

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