Jennifer Holliday Quits Trump Inauguration: ‘I Sincerely Apologize for My Lapse of Judgement’

Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Holliday with the Gay Men’s Chorus, 2009 (Gary Hernandez CC by 2.0)

Jennifer Holliday has abruptly pulled out of the Trump Inauguration line-up after a severe backlash.  The Broadway star committed to play the show on Friday, and reversed the decision less than 24 hours later.

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has now backed out of the Trump Inauguration, and issued a complete apology.  Holliday faced a deafening protest from fans and supporters, particularly those with the lesbian and gay communities.

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Separately, threats of a complete blacklist from a tight-knit Broadway community may have surfaced.  That suggests the strong possibility of feared retribution, and possible ‘career suicide’ if the performance went through.

Holliday, ‘the original Dreamgirl,’ has enjoyed a strong, multi-decade career in part because of core LGBT support.  In fact, the Tony and Grammy Award winner has personally credited the gay community for bolstering her career.

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Initially, the singer weathered the complaints by pledging unity, but ultimately rescinded after deafening complaints and threats.   In a letter issued this morning, Jennifer Holliday completely reversed course.

That is, in absolutely on uncertain terms:

“My only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community,” the performer stated.  “And to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!”

“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.”

“the news feels like a betrayal.”

Whether direct threats were made against the singer are unknown, though one source pointed to a tight-knit, unforgiving Broadway community.  And ‘career suicide’ trumps ‘unity’ every time.  “That’s a blacklist right there, just so you know.  I’m talking ‘career suicide’ written all over it,” the source noted, citing knowledge of numerous (and named) Broadway decision-makers.  “So you know.  The gay mafia is real and doesn’t mess around.”

Actually, Holliday cited a specific article in The Daily Beast from a heartbroken journalist as the lynchpin.   The article, written Kevin Fallon, described the sense of heartbreak and disappointment experienced by the gay community.

“In an age defined by reactionary histrionics and emotional melisma—two things that, if you’ve ever seen Holliday belt, you’d imagine she’d be very much behind—we won’t mince words. For the gay community that has bolstered Holliday’s, in her own words, embattled and difficult career and cheered on her recent successes, the news feels like a betrayal. It is heartbreaking.”

Other African-American performers remain in the show.  That includes Cowboy Troy, and African-American country singer, and the Talladega College marching band, which has raised over $300,000 to play the event.

Here’s the complete letter issued by Holliday:

TO MY BELOVED LGBT COMMUNITY:

Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush.

I was asked to sing a song for what was presented to me as the “Welcome Concert For The People”– in my mind I was reflecting on the past times of being asked to sing for presidents and I only focused on the phrase “For The People”… I thought, For America!

Honestly, I was just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country… Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement…”

In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!

I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.

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.

Thank you for communicating with me, I had no idea that I still meant so much to all of you.

Thank you for your posted comments both the good supportive ones as well as the ugly hurtful ones.

With LOVE & Appreciation,

JENNIFER  HOLLIDAY
“The Original DreamGirl”

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    ab aeterno

    It is sad that the DNC had convinced so many people that they should vote on their gender, race or ethnicity when the fact is that Hillary called Blacks “super predators”, Arabs “sand niggers”, openly opposed gay marriage and this is over-looked in order to create a fictitious vilified character called Trump. It has also become fashionable to sneer at white males, which if it continues will be more than a big mistake.

    And now, we have this scenario where this special event is painted to be some kind of criminal event for a legitimate president elect of this constitutional republic (and not a direct democracy).

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        AURIBUS TENEO LUPUM

        She was saying it indirectly; through someone else’s pen, she was happy to share/espouse the thing–same concept. She condoned it by giving no rebuke–same thing. He whose silent consents. She is subtle not blatant, doesn’t change her intent. That is how a good person like yourself can be tricked by this deleterious career politician seeking power at any cost as a form of personal therapy.

        What seems apparent:
        Hillary takes interest in ‘the first English Translation’ and highlighted section. Why? What is interesting about it? It was a casual reference which complies with her definition of the piece’s subject and theme.
        It was a prominently shared moral critique, through Hillary’s volition, with veiled undertones to convey an intended sentiment and that sentiment was indirect and sinister. Dan Evon argues his point only to the extent that it is convenient to himself.

        Here is a good synopsis of your real Hillary:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbWenUiJ4Ps

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrzyVt1lbpo&t=727s

        God Bless America!!!

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        ab aeterno

        The author of that piece explains that email only as far as it suits himself.

        This conjecture can extend itself:

        She was quite likely implying it indirectly; through someone else’s pen, she was happy to share/espouse the thing–same concept. She condoned it by giving no rebuke–same thing. He whose silent consents. She is subtle not blatant, this doesn’t change her plausible intent. That is how a good person like yourself can be tricked by this deleterious career politician seeking power at any cost as a form of personal therapy.

        What seems apparent:
        Hillary takes interest in ‘the first English Translation’ of a seedy story and highlighted said section. Why? What is interesting about it? It was a casual reference which conceivably complies with her definition of the piece’s subject and theme congruent with her apparent character.
        It was a prominently shared moral critique, through Hillary’s volition, with veiled undertones to convey a tenably intended sentiment and that sentiment was indirect and sinister. Dan Evon argues his point only to the extent that it is convenient to himself.

        Here is a good synopsis of your real Hillary:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbWenUiJ4Ps

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrzyVt1lbpo&t=727s

        God Bless America!!!

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        ab aeterno

        The writer of that so-called debunking piece explicates only so far as it is convenient to himself.

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    Steve Louis

    Whats really sad is that the NEW republican party is much more open and inviting to the LGBT community than ever. This was evidenced at the RNC with an openly gay man giving a speech and being resoundly heralded by the attendees. What this does is it shows that the openness of the LGBT community is tainted by divisiveness and hatred. We should welcome the fact that we were invited to perform and make it a point to unify all of us. However the hatred is only on one side of the equation and it certainly is not on the Trump side. He has invited all regardless of color, ethnicity or sexual orientation. So how does that make him the vilified “*-phobic” person the leftist liberals purport him to be? Sad that the entertainment community and the greatness and reach of recording artists is easily controlled by the “tolerant few”. Just shows how pathetic the industry is! It has no backbone whatsoever for if it did it would unify instead of divide. The inauguration is for all americans… ALL! SMH!

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      Yer mutha

      Are you talking about the same party that was just taken over by the Alt. Reich?!?! I have to assume that rock you’ve been hiding under also smashed your head and caused considerable brain damage. If you claim that Trump is anything other than a self-centered bigot, I have to assume that you’re not very far from being completely brain dead. His actions speak for themselves.

      We’re teetering perilously close to full blown fascism, but you’re too busy to see it because your head’s shoved up Trump’s ass smelling fragrant colon polyps.

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        ab aeterno

        You needn’t be so angry and frightened. All of that narrative that you fear is just a manufactured ad hominem by the DNC during election time in order to manipulate good people like yourself. None of what you believe is true; you are imagining it, all of it.

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