Saturday, January 14, 2017

Jennifer Holliday Apologizes for Accepting Trump Invitation


Yesterday news leaked that powerhouse vocalist Jennifer Holliday had agreed to perform for president elect Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration [click here if you missed that].

After first defending her decision, Jennifer officially backs out and apologizes to the LGBT community...

Defending her decision in the NY Times Jennifer first explained,
“I know everybody hates me now, but that shows we are all just hateful people now — we don’t even want to work together.”
“If it’s the end of everything for me, then it has to be the end of everything for me. I would hope that’s not how it ends up, but right now I would like to be a part of a welcoming part of America. If we’re only going to let Trump be the face of America, I say let’s not let him be the only face of America — someone else could stand and show a light of love or hope or forgiveness.”
“Are we saying that if there is anything that could be done for America in four or eight years or however long Trump is there, we’re not supposed to participate or help anybody?” she asked. “Shouldn’t we all be praying for the success of America? I would like to sing some hope and have my voice not be associated with some kind of label, but I guess that’s where we are now.”
Hours later, after a huge backlash from her largest fanbase, the LGBT community, Jennifer apologized for her lapse in judgement with an open letter penned exclusively for The Wrap.

TO MY BELOVED LGBT COMMUNITY:
Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush.
I was asked to sing a song for what was presented to me as the “Welcome Concert For The People”– in my mind I was reflecting on the past times of being asked to sing for presidents and I only focused on the phrase “For The People”… I thought, For America!
I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country… Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!
I sincerely apologize 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.
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.
Thank you for communicating with me, I had no idea that I still meant so much to all of you.
Thank you for your posted comments both the good supportive ones as well as the ugly hurtful ones.
With LOVE & Appreciation,
JENNIFER HOLIDAY
“The Original DreamGirl”

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

If she needs money, she has to take whatever opportunities come along. Jennifer stopped making hits a long time ago and outside of the Dreamgirls song, there were only 1-2 hits at best. The lgbt community isn't paying her bills.

Anonymous said...

Yeah but Jennifer is not stupid. One check for singing at inauguration versus never get paid again because her fans will no longer support her if that happens. Jennifer & like others artists.. they are not stupid enough to cut future payments for one inauguration for an incompetent Pres Elect. She knows what side her bread buttered on

Anonymous said...

@12:38 Exactly! @12:23 Trump certainly isn't paying her bills. His base would have just watched her perform and felt smug that they were able to show one black performer who agreed to participate. She would never collect a dime from that group of folks after the fact. I'm glad she came to her senses because she was about to lose the little work she had.

Anonymous said...

2:02 - We don't know that. If she get evicted or foreclosed on, I hope the people condemning her will help her pay her bills

JDENT said...

I have never seen ppl behave so fuckin'poorly. So are these bitches gonna whine and moan for the next 4 years??? Celebs swearing they wld leave the country. NOT a bitch made any attempt to honor that promise to exit. As a black person I never listen to white ppl tell me what to do.

I'm sorry she backed down. This is all about Clinton LOSING. The electoral college has been a part of every election since the 1800's. So Clintons knows how this works. Bill Clinton was voted on by the EC.

WHY THE FUCK ARE NO MOTHERFUCKERS MAD ABOUT THE CLINTONS ATTENDING. Bitch lost cause she had seizures and scandals. But few bitches remember that.

Anonymous said...

2:45 it's because the scope of corruption is too much for many people to wrap their head around. They believe in a 2 party system that has failed them that meant to placate people of color rather than level the playing field. To look at the bigger picture that neither Clinton nor Trump were fit to serve is scary. So instead they feel empowered by controlling the little things they can, like who can perform at an event. Rome is burning and we're all fiddling instead of organizing. Instead of marches, we can all get our finances, home savings, and stockpiles ready for whatever is coming. Jennifer needed the money, and we'll need as much money as possible as well.

Anonymous said...

So Jennifer Holliday doesn't care about Black people. It took the gays going in on her for her to care.

Anonymous said...

White gay people are always white first, gay second. Black folks think gays and Latinos care about us and are sadly mistaken. Where was the powerful gay lobby when Bush gut inner city safer sex education and Obama rolled over an let it stand?

3:01 Black people don't have the power structure in place to get those kinds of results right now. It can happen, but remember that every march MLK did was accompanied by a white paper or legislative push. Negotiation is key, and the LGBT community has been good at that over the last 8 years. This is actually a good time to negotiate with Trump/Pence because they have no interest in a gay issues. Blacks need to wake up and start realizing that jumping on band wagons never works out for us. We need to put our own interests first.

JDENT said...

@2:58

You sound like a mature person. We have MUCH bigger fish to fry than this bullshit. At some point I predict that YT ppl are going to embrace Trump. Black ppl will be shut out.

I didn't want Trump nor Clinton. They were both shitty candidates. He won. So folks gotta deal.
With all the cheating the democrats did they still lost. Ppl are being distracted and ain't smart enough to know it.

For ppl who buying into this trivia the republicans now control the executive branch (president) House of reps. and the senate. Let that sink in.

The funny thing is I detested Trump. But now the way he has tried to reach out is different from Obama and Clinton. I would be very interested to hear what he has to say or offer.

The two party system sucks. I joined the democratic socialist. Fuck the dems.

Anonymous said...

3:22 said all that needs to be said. I can see it coming and anyone else with sense can too. Gay or straight, sooner rather than later white people will embrace Trump and will leave Black folks out in the cold. Dialogue with him is necessary, and don't let powerful gays allow Black folks to do their dirty work because we always get left holding the bag

Chrissy Snow said...

I would have never guessed 15 years ago liberals would behave in this way. I wasn't crazy about her decision to sing. Jennifer knew the pulse of the nation when she accepted the gig but took that money anyway so I'm thinking she probably needed it. I suspect some higher up (Soros)either paid her NOT to perform or offered her a better gig.

I agree with everyone who has commented so far. My biggest fear is the Latinos, Feminist, and gays will fall in line and we will be once again left out in the cold still on social media discussing some dumb ass story about Russian whores.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:19PM you better speak the truth!

Anonymous said...

@2:02p - this is 12:38. I'm all about future money but unless Jennifer makes her money in singing in local gay clubs, would it really hurt her income? From what I understand, she's a session/background singer and does local shows from time to time.

Like 2:40p said, she may have some "right now" money needs. Remember, only a handful of people make real money in music business.

If this past election isn't an incentive for the communities to come together on bigger things, then we are truly doomed.

Anonymous said...

Annnnd she is telling you, she's not going! Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Anonymous said...

JDent we are not whinning about Clinton losing. We resisting Trumps ignorance. Until we see him work with Blacks we will keep resisting. Now you go hug and kiss the poor Whites. While We will keep fighting for our causes. I refuse to let trump lie and run all over us. Fuck him. I don't care if he walks on water, he will always be a SOB to me

Anonymous said...

6:56pm
You are right on point. No one gives 2 shits about Clinton losing. Refuse and resist Trump's bullshit. Jennifer finally found her principles.

Anonymous said...

@2:20pm
If you're so worried about Jennifer getting evicted from her home, why don't you let her move in with you???? Jennifer is a grown woman she will get by without having to sing for that racist asshole Trump.

Anonymous said...

7:45 Whites, gays, and Latinos will all fall inline when Trump threatens them. Blacks are always instant scapegoats when the music stops and all people will remember is John Lewis saying Trump is illegitimate. Notice how Asians haven't made a peep about this. Blacks need to be strategic. Perhaps Jennifer Holliday could have made an Eartha Kitt type statement. Principles are nothing without action and strategy.

Anonymous said...

"Black folks do the heavy lifting; Jumping on bandwagons; Doing other people's bidding. Then when sh*t goes down we end up holding the bag. They be like "you're it" and we're like "we're playing tag?" - Michael Franti

Many of my activist friends have gotten word from friendly police sources to stay off the streets of DC during the "protests." Remember the Black General who usual coordinates the security was suddenly pulled from his post and a bunch of bikers are scheduled to "help support" the police. When black people get arrested, we get instant felonies. Instead of being emotional, put political plans in place. Don't call Trump names openly. Stay mum like Asians (like 8:40 said) and move in silence.

Anonymous said...

@8:57 - Yep.

Anonymous said...

@6:56 Why should Trump work with Blacks? You negroes had EIGHT YEARS (that's two 4-term residencies) of the Obama regime and na'an ONE of you mofos put that half-breed to task. You negroes don't have a right to "resist" Trump nor work with him because you didn't hold Obama accountable for his actions, and Trump (or at least his racist supporters) recognizes that. Barack did more for the LBGT and the Jews controlling Israhell and was recognized as the "First GAY President" and he didn't correct anyone on that. Blacks have fallen in every measurable metric under Obama and he did NOTHING to reverse that. You clowns "refusing and resisting" what Trump may throw at you will be no skin off his nose. And his neo-conservative/white supremacist supporters will call BULLSHIT on you idiots when you criticize him for not helping Blacks.

Anonymous said...

@9:46 I'm not exactly sure what you expected Obama to do specifically for black people. That man was given the wheel when the ship was sinking. And he & his cabinet saved the stock market, saved the auto industry, gave out $4k to all citizens in trade-ins, help saved people homes, signed 22M Americans to affordable health care, created 11M+Jobs, African American Smithsonian, affordable tuition, Dream Act, LGBT Marriage, Killed Osama....All the while working while half of Washington blocked EVERYTHING this man tried to put into action....How dare you???? ACTION speaks louder than that hot air you blowing...

JDENT said...

@6:56

FUCK YOU. Cause bitch I didn't know you were a whiner. Thanks for the info. You stupid as fuck. Only a dumb bitch would want somebody to help them without talking to them.

A. Philip Randolph and MLK worked with LBJ to get some of the most important civil rights legislation in the history of the country.

I guess you need Bill Clinton break out his sax so you shuck and jive. Truly I detest ppl like you. I have worked in my community for years. Sometimes with ppl I didn't like or didn't like me.

All the shit we got to do to rebuild you et al are dumb as fuck.

@9:46
I agree with you. The Israelis hate Obama, but they have repeatedly sat down to negotiate. In Nov. 2016 Obama gave the Israelis a 38 Billion dollar aid package.

Anonymous said...

Thank you 10:35!!! You can say that again! Black said keep talking about Obama going inner cities. When are you all going to do it. It's going to take folk to walk in those communities, damn near campsite at their house to teach them. No one Man can do it alone. When will the ones who talk about Obama going in these communities? Another thing, stop grouping all blacks together as if we are not doing well. Many of us are doing well. So don't give me that our community not doing well. hell the whites poor as hell but they not blaming no damn Past presidents of their failures. So sick of us at times! Ugh

Anonymous said...

@ JDent. This is 6:56. YOu kiss my ass you dumb fuck. Trump will not work with your dumb ass. If he would, then why would he appoint Sessions? Why would he hate a Black man as President? Trump isn't thinking about your dumb black coon as and no one else! But you keep on wishing and believing like most of his dumb poverty stricken white supporters! Ugh you are a freaking fool!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you @9:46. Why the hell we as black people throw our vote away and expect nothing in return. Then some have the audacity to fix their mouth to say we should not demand anything for our votes from the very same people we vote into power. That type of backward thinking leads us to blaming ourselves...nevermind the fact we did not arrive in this predicament by ourselves. I am 100% sure no one from the LGBT community will say so what if the president has the power to support small interest groups, let us blame ourselves for our lack of progress. I blame white Jesus and the black pastors lead black people to the slaughterhouse for this type of slave mentality disguised as intelligence.

Anonymous said...

"I'm not exactly sure what you expected Obama to do specifically for black people"

^^^
Cater to the black agenda, because all the white presidents before him catered to various white agendas

"That man was given the wheel when the ship was sinking. And he & his cabinet saved the stock market"

^^^
He nor his cabinet "saved the stock market"; wall street and the federal reserved played fast and loose with money created out of thin air like they have been for the past 100 years and that cheap money has raised prices on things the everyday American needs to survive

"saved the auto industry, gave out $4k to all citizens in trade-ins"

^^^
He didn't save the auto industry, unless giving untold billions to corporations because they demanded it is considered a "save"

"signed 22M Americans to affordable health care"

^^^
while forcing hundreds of millions of other Americans to purchase health care whether they needed it or not (*hint*: that's extortion and it's unconstitutional)

"Killed Osama"

^^^
lol Osama died back in 2001-2002 of some kind of kidney disease after being a CIA-trained patsy to do the Bush dynasty's bidding

"How dare you"

^^^
I dare to think critically of politics and current events rather than regurgitating the bullshit clowns like you spout from Fakestream media.

Anonymous said...

And JDent. Why keep throwing Clintons in the mix? She lost and gone about her business. Moving forward we taking about your punk ass unfit Trump. stay focused please Bitch

Anonymous said...

10:55 go to bed with your delusional self. Many of my friends homes and jobs were saved when Obama gave those stimulus packages. Lawd you ignorant

Anonymous said...

@10:55 everyone need health insurance! Even babies can need health insurance so I know a grown ass need it. Many people have died thinking the way you do. I work at a hospital and have to send folk to State hospitals for cheomo. Follow takes theee months.. by that time patient is dead. No heath insurance no outpatient treatment! Insurance is better than having one million dollars! You can't put a price tag on your health. I repeat Everyone need health insurance!!!

Anonymous said...

Fuck Trump!

JDent said...

@6:56 stupid cunt strumpet. You too damn DUMB to even begin negotiating. I don't know white ppl who aren't racist to some extent. So kiss your ass. You got rubber neck.

@ 10:58. Clintons is why your monkey on here bitching by proxy for the Clintons. I bring them up cause Clintons just racist. Now that I know you ig'nant ass bothered by the mention of the Clintons. Bitch I will throw a few extra CLINTON. CLINTONS. CLINTONS. CLINTONS. JUST FOR YOU STUPID BASTARDS.

Anonymous said...

Jdent12:54am
You are the one that is bothered and butt hurt. Take your meds. and go to bed bitch!! We all know that you're bat shit crazy.

Anonymous said...

None of them care about anything but money and yes they worship the lord of the air. Smart move Holliday because if you took the job you would've been legitimizing white supremacy like Kanye and Steve Harvey.

Anonymous said...

I agree @2:13 and JDent is the biggest angry non thinking individual on this site. Again, no one cares how much you shout Clinton JDent.. no one hurt nor bothered. We just bothered by your orange ignorant twitter finger President!! Coon!!

Anonymous said...

Snitch, please post DL Hughley video for JDent's pleasure.☺️

Anonymous said...

I love this famous quote: 'There's nothing to fear but fear itself.'
Individually and collectively we should have been striving to become self sufficient. Our communities have been in shambles for decades. No one is going to help us until we, as a people, start showing some respect for each other.

The King Of The Real said...

These comments are finally getting good

Chrissy Snow said...

There is always that one person who comes into discussions such as this to stir things up and call people out. Strange thing is they only show up when someone mentions Clinton.
If you disagree, fine but not one person in here is a coon. No one wanted Trump in office but we are unfortunately stuck with his scary ass for possibly 4 years. We aren't saying we should bow down to the man but we should at least try and find some common ground. If we don't we may wind up nearly extinct like the Native Americans.

Anonymous said...

@10:55 nothing's wrong with you thinking critically & voicing your opinions. But where the fucc "is" you getting info from???? If Osama was killed on Bush's watch you better believe he would've touted that fact!!!!! Propaganda is running rampid both here & abroad, read between the lines, fam.....If you think Obama didn't develop creative ways to stimulate the economy back in 2009, you must NOT own any property. Stop believing propaganda & check the facts...No one thought President Obama would succeed & still to this day them crackers wanna overlook his accolades...FOH

Anonymous said...

Ok, Yes. I agree Chrissy Snow. Thanks for explaining it clearly and helping me understand what the person above was really trying to say. Very importantant. Didn't mean to call no one a coon. Didn't mean no disrespect or harm.

Anonymous said...

You can said that again @10:35am! Folk were losing their houses left and right before Obama push stimulus packages & regulations placed on banks. Every Property owners definitely saw the creative financial stimulus/creative plans Obama created.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer foine as hell!

Anonymous said...

I was through with her old desperate ass when she was mad about not being cast as the lead in the Dreamgirl's remake.

dnide said...

She was cyb bullied into not performing in the historical event.....any inauguration is part of history.

Shame on he "supporters" for NOT supporting her decision and freedom to do so.

Anonymous said...

She's free to do whatever she wants. And people are free to have an opinion on it if they so choose.

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