Jennifer Holliday Backs Out of Trump’s Inauguration: ‘I Apologize for My Lapse of Judgement’
Jennifer Holliday has canceled her performance at Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration ceremony on Friday (Jan. 20), according to Billboard. The 56-year-old Broadway legend backed out of the concert in support of the LGBQT community.
Apparently, Holliday read a Daily Beast article titled, “Jennifer Holliday Will Perform at Trump’s Inauguration, Which Is Heartbreaking to Gay Fans,” and felt compel to cancel her performance in solidarity with her gay and lesbian fans who have supported her career.
In a heartfelt open letter (via The Wrap), the 56-year-old singer apologized to the LGBQT community "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."
Since the initial announcement of her performance at Trump's inauguration, the Tony and Grammy-winning singer came under attack by her fans, which shocked her. “I was like, nobody knows that I’m alive and then I decide to sing a song and I wake up and they all hate me,” she told Billboard. “I haven’t even endorsed anything,” she states, “I’m not singing for Donald Trump; I’m singing to welcome the people of America.”
Holliday ends her letter telling her gay 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.”
You can read Jennifer Holliday's apologetic letter at Wrap.com.