Even though Donald Trump has had serious trouble filling out his inauguration roster of entertainment choices, it appears as though he’s getting closer to being ready now a few weeks before the event.
The latest news regarding inauguration performances is centered on British singer Rebecca Ferguson, a former X Factor: UK contestant who revealed more on Monday about being asked to perform for The Donald in Washington, D.C. in a few weeks.
Ferguson herself spoke about the invitation on Monday, sharing a statement on Twitter that read, in full (below):
“I’ve been asked and this is my answer. If you allow me to sing ├óΓé¼╦£strange fruit’ a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington.”
Here’s the full tweet (below):
For those who don’t know, Strange Fruit is a song that was originally a poem — written by Abel Meeropol — that deals with lynchings of African-Americans in the 20th century in the United States.
It was first recorded as a song by Billie Holliday, and later also recorded by others, including Nina Simone.
Here’s Holliday singing it (below):
Good for Ferguson for standing her ground on that statement — something tells us her words here make it doubtful that she’ll actually be performing at the inauguration, after all.
No word yet from the Trump camp on this, or any other inauguration performers.
For what it’s worth, Trump himself is tweeting about nuclear war this Monday afternoon (below):
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
Well, at least Ferguson took a stand!!
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