Jennifer Holliday “The View” Video On Donald Trump Inauguration
Jennifer Holliday discussed pulling out of Donald Trump’s inauguration concert on Tuesday’s “The View.” Watch below.
As Gossip Cop reported, on Saturday Holliday backed out of her performance at Trump’s “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” only hours after her participation was confirmed. The singer’s agreement to perform at the show sparked much controversy, and then so did her decision to cancel. On “The View,” Holliday explained what went down.
Whoopi Goldberg kicked off the interview by bluntly asking, “You were gonna go and perform — and what happened?” The performer revealed that word of her possible appearance leaked before the deal was finalized, and she was immediately hit with blowback on social media. “One morning, you wake up, and everyone hates you,” Holliday said.
Asked by Sunny Hostin why she “initially consider[ed]” performing at the concert, Holliday responded, “Because I’m an artist and I love America.” She noted, “I have performed for four other presidents. I started with Ronald Reagan, daddy Bush, Bush, the Clintons during their eight years… So I didn’t think anything of it.”
“It didn’t dawn on me that this was a bad thing, and we’re not doing America right now,” Holliday told the panel. Noting the open letter she released over the weekend, Joy Behar wanted to know what the Dreamgirls star meant about a “lapse in judgment.” She explained, “The lapse in judgment was that I didn’t realize that people weren’t really over the election.”
Holliday went on to defend seemingly being out of the loop, and confirmed she received death threats, in addition to being sent racial slurs. “I read everything,” she admitted, confessing, “They were saying I should kill myself or someone should kill me — all over singing a song.”
As for what specifically changed her mind about the performance, Holliday pointed to an article from The Daily Beast that used her own words to explain why she’d be going against her previous support for the LGBT community if she went through with it. Becoming emotional now, she insisted, “I’m not a liar, nor a hypocrite, and I haven’t done anything to be called names.”
During the episode, Holliday also performed “Come Sunday,” and the co-hosts further debated whether inauguration performances should be considered endorsements. Check out the full videos below.