Jennifer Holliday Explains Decision To Perform at Trump Inauguration: “I’m singing for the people.”
Jennifer Holliday explained her decision to perform at Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration during an interview with the New York Times on Friday. The gay icon performer, known for her starring turn in the original Broadway run of “Dreamgirls,” said that she’ll be performing at the Jan. 19 concert “for the people.”
“I’m singing on the mall for the people,” she explained to the Times. “I don’t have a dog in this fight — I’m just a singer, and it’s a welcome concert for the people on the mall.”
“It brought a lot of threats from people already saying I’ll never work again. If that’s what America has come to, where we all hate and bully people, there’s no more freedom of speech,” she said. “I know everybody hates me now, but that shows we are all just hateful people now — we don’t even want to work together.”
Holiday tried to do some damage control by stating that she didn’t support president-elect Trump during his campaign. In fact, she actually voted for his biggest competitor.
“I voted for Mrs. Clinton, and they knew that,” she proclaimed.
The gay community itself is in an uproar and wondering why Ms. Holiday would turn her back on the majority of fans who supported her thoughout the year and are the only loyal fans she has left.
Said one gay fan: You can be a gay icon until you piss us off, then we’ll snatch that icon title away faster than that ugly weave off your head. Ask Donna Summer.