Singer Jennifer Holliday is pulling out of her slated performance at an inauguration event for President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE after receiving an onslaught of criticism.
“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!” Holliday wrote in a letter addressed to the LGBT community posted on TheWrap.
Holliday on Friday had defended the decision to sing at the inauguration, telling the Associated Press that she saw the performance as “singing for the people.”
"I didn't see it as singing for Trump; I saw it as singing for the people on the mall," Holliday said.
While Holliday voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonI voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary Meghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' MORE, the actress received scrutiny after the Inaugural Committee said Friday that she would be among several performers at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.”
"It just really made my heart drop to my feet," she told the news service.
"How could I have this much hate spewing at me, and I haven't even done anything? I guess it's not like those old days when political views were your own and you had freedom of speech. ... We live in a different time now and a decision to go and do something for America is not so clear-cut anymore."
In the letter, Holliday apologized for the “lapse of judgement” and said she was “deeply indebted” to the LGBT Community due to its role in starting her career.
“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,” Holliday wrote.