Donald Trump and his administration are clearly getting to the bottom of their lists of who to beg to perform for his inauguration, and are still having little success.
Thus far, the Trump team has been able to secure a 16 year old from America’s Got Talent (Jackie Evancho), the Mormom Tabernacle Choir, the Radio City Rockettes, The Missouri State University Chorale, The Talladega Marching Tornadoes, and a slew of military, police, and high school bands.
Even some of these performers are doing it for unknown reasons. Jackie Evancho has a transgender sister, while Radio City Rockette dancer Phoebe Pearl made a statement to Instagram:
‘I usually don’t use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion. Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed. The women I work with are intelligent and are full of love and the decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we’re against is appalling. I am speaking for just myself but please know that after we found out this news, we have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts. We will not be forced! #notmypresident’
Hilariously, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Missouri State University Chorale, and The Talladega Marching Tornadoes have all respectfully come out to acknowledge that they would be performing regardless of who the incoming President was. The Mormom Tabernacle Choir has a long-standing tradition of performing. The Missouri State University Chorale announced before the election results were in that they would perform, and Talladega College circulated petitions leading to the president of the university, Billy Hawkins to have to release this statement:
‘…We feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power.’
With such a star-studded inauguration, with such keen performers, why would Trump’s team feel the need to reach out to Charlotte Church?
Well, whatever the reason, they did, and she decided to take her refusal to the next level – taking to Twitter to slam the administration for even asking:
‘@realDonaldTrump Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye…’
@realDonaldTrump Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye
— Charlotte Church (@charlottechurch) January 10, 2017
The 4 poo emojis at the end really make it, don’t they?
Church really wasn’t kidding regarding the “simple Internet search” either, not even a month ago she did an interview with New Statesman where she expressed distaste for Trump, and highlighted her opinion of what caused him:
‘Obviously we underestimated how angry white men are…All forms of bigotry – whether it’s homophobia, misogyny, racism – are about fear of being in the minority. And if you hold the majority position – ie, white males throughout history – you fear losing control. We need to find ways to make people feel like they aren’t losing control’
This is also a woman who engages in advocacy, and is very vocal about her beliefs in climate change. For example, Church performed and walked as a part of the People’s March for Climate Justice in advance of COP21.
It might have been a huge mistake to ask, but we’re glad they did. Her slam of Trump might go down as the best one this inauguration season. Koodos, Charlotte Church, thanks for the laugh!
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