Let's just say Charlotte Church won't be performing at Trump's inauguration.
Ferguson initially agreed to perform, as long as she could sing the iconic 1939/1954 Billie Holiday hit “Strange Fruit,” which protests American racism and lynching of African Americans.
She posted this to her website today (Jan. 10):
Let's just say Charlotte Church won't be performing at Trump's inauguration.We're just 10 days away from President-elect Donald Trump getting sworn in as leader of the free world, and his team is having an uphill battle securing any A-listers to support and perform. He's reached out to Garth Brooks, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, all of whom passed. British singers Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Church officially turned him down as well. USA Today points out Church is a "classical/pop singer from Wales who rose to fame with her version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Pie Jesu.'" She Tweeted directly to Trump, saying: "Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you're a tyrant. Bye💩💩💩💩"
@realDonaldTrump Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you're a tyrant. Bye💩💩💩💩— Charlotte Church (@charlottechurch) January 10, 2017
"I wasn't comfortable with the song choice made on my behalf, and although I'm very blessed to have a gift that gives me amazing opportunities, as a mother and an artist, I had to defend my stance. That is why I made the decision to sing Strange Fruit when I was invited. I requested to sing Strange Fruit, as I felt it was the only song that would not compromise my artistic integrity and also as somebody who has a lot of love for all people, but has a special empathy as well for African American people and the #blacklivesmatter movement, I wanted to create a moment of pause for people to reflect."The orange monster is having trouble landing even non-famous singers. It's going to be a long four years, people.