Blind tenor Andrea Bocelli has just backed out of the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. Was that a smart move, or career suicide?
Andrea Bocelli just wants to sing! Instead, the operatic tenor is now in the middle of a merciless political warzone. And, desperately trying to avoid all-out career suicide.
After initially giving the green light to lead Donald Trump’s Inauguration on January 20th, Bocelli has now abruptly backed out. That was a response to a massive and growing backlash from fans, many of whom swore to never patronize the singer again.
This quickly hit a boiling point, proving that politics can kill an otherwise talented musician. Some fans started destroying their CDs and DVDs, vowing never to listen to the tenor again. Others warned the singer that he was committing career suicide. Petitions started circulating.
Accordingly, Andrea Bocelli has just pissed off the next President of the United States. And Trump, declared an enemy by the creative class, is down to just one performer: 2010 ‘America’s Got Talent’ runner-up Jackie Evancho.
The Bocelli bounce follows high-profile bow-outs by Elton John, Garth Brooks, and David Foster. But unlike those high-profile musicians, Andrea Bocelli is actually indebted to Trump for past favors. So here’s how the decision matrix broke down for Bocelli:
Option A: Play the Inauguration, potentially alienate millions of fans and commit career suicide.
Option B: Back out of the Inauguration, pissing off the next President of the United States, and also possibly committing career suicide.
Fun choice! Bocelli chose ‘A,’ with the appropriate consequences already emerging. Already, the Trump Administration is reacting by strongly downplaying the diss. They’re even saying that Bocelli was actually turned down by Trump, not the other way around.
Smells like bull waste product, but hey. “The Bocellis came to [Donald Trump] and said, ‘if it would be helpful to you, if you would like us to perform, we’d consider it.’ And 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’re always welcome to the White House,'” explained Tom Barrack, the Inauguration Committee Chairman on MSNBC.
“But it never got to ‘can you, will you, would you, with either of them.'” Barrack continued. “They’re just great friends, and that’s it.”
“Trump is already a celebrity, so there’s no need to surround himself with other celebrities.”
Tellingly, Barrack was careful to state that Donald Trump helped Bocelli before he was famous. In fact, he may have been the difference between fame and obscurity. “Donald Trump — and this is a true story — lent Andrea Bocelli his plane when nobody had heard of him.”
Guess Bocelli is moving on. As a result, Trump is now faced with a celebrity-less Inauguration. But of course, anything can be spun in the right direction in Washington. “Barack Obama wasn’t a celebrity when he first entered office, so he needed to surround himself with celebrities,” Barrack smacked. “Trump is already a celebrity, so there’s no need to surround himself with other celebrities.”
Sounds like sour grapes all around. “The celebrities need to decide,” Barrack admonished.
“Do you want to participate, and be relevant? Or do you not want to participate, and be irrelevant?”
That bitterness follows a number of high-profile rejections, though Barrack then suggested that celebrities weren’t really being courted. “The monuments are the real draw. That’s the most important thing,” Barrack spun. “That is the moment, the ‘We the People’ moment. Not, let’s take Spotify and give you everything.” (Nice Spotify shout-out, btw.)
“The President-Elect’s view is simple. Let me get to work, we don’t need a lot of adulation. Let’s get on with it.”
Hopefully Bocelli’s passport and visa still work in 2017. Fun times in America!