For the past few weeks, a number of singers and groups have either refused to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration or have agreed to perform and then backed out after public outcry.
Country singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood, best known for his 1983 patriotic hit “God Bless the U.S.A.,” will be performing at the inauguration and had some strong words for artists who were backing out of performing for the inauguration, stating that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and that they shouldn’t just throw it away, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
“It’s not just about the Trump event, it’s about the change of power in D.C. This is our fourth inauguration. I think whenever you’re asked to do a congressional appearance, I think it’s in bad taste to say no. It’s not political,” Greenwood said.
“I consider it a great honor and prestige of being able to sing the song I wrote in 1983 at (this year’s) Lincoln Memorial (inauguration concert),” he added.
Many singers, like Jennifer Holliday, have backed out or refused to perform after their fans got all hot and bothered over the idea that they might actually perform for the inauguration.
I’d be willing to bet that most of those fans were the ones screaming “Stronger together!” at Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s rallies a few months ago.
“And, I think, sadly, that she (Holliday) would buckle under that kind of minority approach. Because it probably is. The nation spoke resoundingly to elect this president. For her to buckle under to social media, again, she’s thinking that’s going to make an impact on her career,” Greenwood said of Holliday’s decision to renege on her commitment.
While having singers isn’t necessary for the inauguration, it is a welcome part of it. These singers should recognize that this inauguration isn’t just about Trump — it’s about our American democracy.
If they want to pout and throw temper tantrums, fine. They just need to remember that the odds of being asked to perform at another presidential inauguration are slim.
They may have blown their one chance to go down in history, just because they don’t like a few things Trump has said.
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