‘Boycott Bocelli’ Backlash Follows Trump Inauguration Announcement

'Boycott Bocelli' Movement Against Andrea Bocelli Begins Following Donald Trump Inauguration

Was this a smart move for Andrea Bocelli?  Less than 24 hours after agreeing to play Trump’s Inauguration, the tenor is facing ‘Boycott Bocelli’ backlash.

We’ll ask the question again: should musicians get involved in politics?  Or, is that a sure-fire recipe to cutting a career short and alienating fans?

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Enter Andrea Bocelli, who could be testing the resilience of his career by agreeing to play Donald Trump’s upcoming Inauguration (see our breaking story here).  As first tipped yesterday, the tenor will perform alongside B-lister Jackie Evancho, with a duet in the offing.

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Hours after the announcement leaked, fans are starting a ‘Boycott Bocelli’ movement to protest the move.  Actually, that’s #boycottbocelli for those following along on Twitter…

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Regardless of Bocelli’s personal politics, an Inaugural appearance may represent the equivalent of stepping in a giant pile of s–t.  Part of the problem is that fans who had never considered Bocelli’s politics previously may forever hate the artist.  And for reasons that have nothing to do with Bocelli’s music.

Swing over to ‘Red State artists’ like Kid Rock, and a Trump alliance represents a major asset.  Just recently, Kid Rock teamed up with Warner Bros. Records to release an unabashedly pro-Trump line of merchandise.  That featured an in-your-face, ‘go f–k yourself’ style of messaging, an approach strategically designed by Warner Bros. Records to create an ‘us vs. them’ fan connection.

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But wait: where’s Kid Rock’s Inauguration invitation?  WTF?

Separately, country legend Garth Brooks has been rumored as a top Trump pick for the bash.  Brooks indicated interest in ‘serving his country,’ but said he hadn’t received an invitation.

Others have flatly refused to perform, including Elton John.  The British singer was initially mentioned as a confirmed performer by a Trump staffer, though Elton John quickly crushed that possibility.

More as this develops…

39 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    “should musicians get involved in politics?”

    Yes, Bocelli and Kanye should stand up for what they believe in.

    And we should boycott them forever.

    • crying liberals

      Give me a break. I can’t stand Trump but…. I find the crying of the liberal left nauseating. Liberals are more judgemental than christians these days!

      • Rick Shaw

        Who is crying? Maybe you’re referring to those who proposed boycotting Pepsi over fake news about the CEO speaking against Trump? Cmon, get real.

        • domino

          Only liberal democrats could get away with such asinine childish bullshit. Can you imagine the uproar if conservative republicans had done the same thing at Obama’s inauguration ceremony?
          Come on, people – GROW UP!!! The whole damn planet is laughing at you!!!
          The United States of American is in desperate need of adult supervision

          • d.powers

            I hope boycotters give their seats to veterans who would appreciate the opportunity to witness and experience

      • Right - get over it!

        YEA! Just like the boycott of Starbucks over a fucking cup. Or Target over use of bathrooms………all very worthwhile endeavors.

    • Lolabird

      What a bully you are to boycott a blind man who has the voice of an angel. Do also kick little animals?

      • domino

        LOLA BIRD .. you are right , these people have no class or respect of people’s persona ..through history , musicians painters , sculptors , shared their giftings with the world … besides the story is not even true ….. very sad that the mentality for some is so small !

  2. Vail CO

    Rapper Troy Ave said it best. “It’s all about the motherfuckin’ money”

    • Right - get over it!

      So I take it you’re part of the 27%? Go back to boycotting Hamilton and Starbucks. Your lucky you have taste in your mouth.

  3. Iride

    First of all, that story is untrue. Andrea has not agreed to sing at the inauguration. But I think he will do so although I am very unhappy about it. Andrea is going to be asked by Trump personally as a favor to sing at his inauguration–today or tomorrow. I think that Andrea, in a face-to-face meeting with Trump, will not refuse. As much as I hate Trump and consider the election a stolen one, it would be a mistake for Andrea to refuse and incur the enmity of a man who is so mean, petty, and vindictive and soon so powerful as President of the USA. Perhaps Andrea, if he continues the personal relationship which Trump seems to value greatly, might be able to influence him in some matters. Everything with Trump is personal. Trump will make him an offer he can’t refuse. Andrea also, IMO, is being naively optimistic about Trump–he hates to think badly of anyone, especially someone he has known for years. He said in the Corriere interview (my translation): “I toured America on a plane he [Trump] lent me; and at the concert in Central Park he was in the front row in front of my children. He will be a more moderate president than he gave us to understand during the election campaign. He is a businessman: he has no interest in doing crazy things.”

    • Elena

      There are businessmen and there scam artists. Trump is the latter.

    • Paul Resnikoff

      Politics aside: It’s a difficult *business* decision for Bocelli, strictly speaking from a career standpoint. If he’s scared of retribution for not playing, that’s sad. But, he could just say he isn’t interested, given that half his audience (or probably more) will be alienated as a result. It’s not like Kid Rock or Garth Brooks, it’s a whole different *business* calculation for Bocelli.

      My advice: put your career, and your long-term earnings, first. If this helps that, great. If it doesn’t, say no.

    • domino

      LOLA BIRD .. you are right , these people have no class or respect of people’s persona ..through history , musicians painters , sculptors , shared their giftings with the world … besides the story is not even true ….. very sad that the mentality for some is so small ! Only liberal democrats could get away with such asinine childish behavior. Can you imagine the uproar if conservative republicans had done the same thing at Obama’s inauguration ceremony?
      Come on, people – GROW UP!!! The whole planet is laughing at you!!!
      The United States of American is in desperate need of adult supervision

    • domino

      The media lied again , Trump never asked Bocelli to sing ..
      The head of Trump’s inauguration explains what’s going on with Andrea Bocelli…Donald Trump did not ask his friend Andrea Bocelli to perform at his inauguration, the chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee said Tuesday in response to reports that the singer turned the president-elect down.
      Bocelli and his wife … have been friends of Trump since the very beginning,” To
      Tom Barrack, founder of real estate powerhouse Colony Capital, said it was the Bocellis who approached Trump, saying he would consider performing if it would be helpful.
      “[But] Donald said, ‘You don’t need to. We’re not in that kind of a framework. Thanks very much for the offer. You’re my friend. You are always welcome at the White House,'” Tom Barrack said.

  4. Sandy

    All of this whining is getting really old. He won. Deal with it.
    What a bunch of cry babies.

    • Rick Shaw

      You’d think. But even after he won, his supporters continue to call for boycotts of anyone who speaks against him.

    • Jack

      Isn’t that the truth! I just thought Liberals were pathetic, but now I KNOW they are. Who would want these people to have any power or responsibility in our government. We have been strong enough to survive 8 years of crap, no more!

  5. Eilo

    I would suggest that 47% of people who voted would support Bocelli, 47% would be opposed and 6% would be undecided. Also I would suggest that any streaming service, satellite subscription service etc., or artist concert performance, would not deny Mr. Trump a subscribtion, nor would ANY artists refuse to perform if Trump bought a ticket and was in attendance. Maybe there should be no artists performing an inauguration, UNLESS PAID for their services, as would any artist who were paid to perform say a private/public concert sponsored by a Budweiser, Pepsi or some oil company. I view an inauguration as a swearing in of a head of state, not necessarily the person. Playing or making an appearance on behalf of a candidate during a campaign, to me would be more of an endorsement, but not an inauguration of the position of president of the United States, if paid for their services. But if an artist were not compensated for their performance, that would be an endorsement of the person, and the public should be made aware of that.

  6. WineCyclist

    In the immortal words of Obama after he won, “We won you lost.” Turnaround is fair play. Besides, we’ve put up with the left-leaning politics of countless recording artists and still supported them BECAUSE of their music talent. If a lib can’t do the same, it simply shows how whiny the person is. Get over it. You lost, we won and time will show that we are far more gracious to you and you have been to us.

    • Anonymous

      Well, Clinton leads with more than 2.5 million votes — so far.

  7. Diamond Dave

    The “boycott” will blow over very quickly. Remember the Dixie Chicks thing? That actually made them more money in the long run. All those people that burned their albums probably re-bought them a year later. Nobody cares about that anymore. The attention span for outrage is very short.

    • Anonymous

      “Remember the Dixie Chicks thing? That actually made them more money in the long run.”

      Because they did the right thing.

      Unlike Bocelli.

      • Robert

        Says who? You? Because you can’t lick your wounds and actually grow up. Had Hillary won and Trump supporters did what Hillary supporters have done, you have called it outrageous. Why don’t you live up to those standards?

  8. obender

    Election was ‘stolen’? Do you actually believe what you are saying? It was democrats who tried, but sorry, didn’t work out this time! Voter turnout was too big. Last elections some places had 99% voter turnout and of course all these for Obama.
    First, you wanted recount. How did that turn out? Apparently, even more votes for Trump. Now, Russian hacking. But DNC emails were actually leaked and after all, who wrote these emails. Fake news to blame? 90% of mainstream media were against Trump. Everywhere you looked, negative stories about him.

  9. Sharon

    These liberals are the biggest babies I’ve ever seen in my life!! Oh my gosh. The man won the election. Get over it. We didn’t exactly like it when Obama won the second term but we just got on with life and accepted it. These people have tried everything in the book to either take away his right to be president and now they’re trying to de-legitimize him. It’s not going to work. So now, as a last-ditch effort, they’re going to ruin anyone who performs at his inauguration. As low and tacky as it gets.

  10. Sean Aaron Cruz

    I think that we need to recognize that we are now facing an unprecedented Constitutional crisis with the Nation plunged into a State of Emergency, divided as deeply as during the Revolutionary and Civil War eras and facing unprecedented threats from both without and — with the elevation of the loathsome beast Donald Trump — from within.

    The Nation is also at risk with a GOP-weakened and short-handed Supreme Court. It is Christmastime at the KGB….

    With every passing day, Trump demonstrates his unworthiness, unfitness and untrustworthiness again and again. His picks are guaranteed to divide the Nation more deeply and his team’s relationship(s) with Russia and disdain for our institutions and the free press are the Clear and Present Danger that cannot be “given a chance” in any respect.

    We are standing on the threshold of open rebellion….

    • mike z

      I call bullsh*t here – the nation is the same more or less as when Obama was voted in… the big difference is the left wing social engineers lost – and in the process they are losing their minds… a bunch of crybaby idiots trying to overthrow a legit vote.

  11. behold the hissy fit

    Is Bocelli going to lip sync a soundtrack like Beyonce did for Obama?