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Rebecca Ferguson Won't Perform at Trump's Inauguration, No 'Strange Fruit' Performance Happening

Rebecca Ferguson Won't Perform at Trump's Inauguration, No 'Strange Fruit' Performance Happening

Rebecca Ferguson, best known for being a contestant on The X Factor UK, was asked to perform at Donald Trump‘s inauguration next week and agreed only if she could the classic song “Strange Fruit.”

The Billie Holiday tune has strong significance to oppressed people and she felt it would be the perfect, and only, song she could sing at the event.

“Due to circumstances beyond my control concerning the offer to perform at the Inauguration Concert, I was thrown into the middle of a political arena last week,” Rebecca said in a statement this week. “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.”

Click inside to read the rest of the statement…

“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.

I believe talent is a gift that should be used to heal the wounds of this world and make the world a better place to live in. As music is so powerful, I wanted to try and help educate the people watching of where division and separation can lead to if not corrected. My aim was not to cause contention.

Pride and ego is what we need to conquer in this world. I was blessed to be invited to the Vatican last month and one thing I was left reflecting on, was all the things that separate humans from one another. It is often pride and the inability to accept people for exactly who they are. We are here to love, not judge, or bring people down.

I think love and standing firm in love against anything that separates us from each other, can heal us in these troubled times of unrest.

There are many grey areas about the offer for me to perform that I’m unable to share right now, but I will not be singing. However, I genuinely wish your nation nothing but love. I would also like to pay homage to a few of your great female artists: Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and the brave and remarkable Eartha Kitt and her beautiful untold story.

I’ve a lot of love for the United States. It’s a constant source of inspiration to myself, if not the whole world. I genuinely wish you all well and hope I will still get to sing ‘Strange Fruit’ for you one day.

Take care and God bless xx”

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  • John Dow

    I guess just like many other artists who wanted to perform at Trump’s inauguration, she was intimidated by liberals and democrats. They do that all the time.

  • Feddupp

    Lmao you’re so ridiculous.

  • John Dow

    Tell that to all those Electoral College members around the country who were harassed and threatened as part of a last-minute Democratic campaign to block the election of Donald Trump. Tell that to all those artists who will perform at Trump’s inauguration and now being harassed and threatened by anti-Trump lefts. etc.

  • Feddupp

    It’s cute that you act like Trump supporters are angels when they also harass(ed) other people – but hey, whatever floats your boat, dude.

    I’m off to bed now. I have to get up early because I have a job – unlike you.

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  • edwardowen

    Rebecca who?

  • edwardowen

    Rebecca who?

  • Canon Lyn

    I’m guessing they wanted her to sing Lady Gaga’s Applause! LOL Seriously, No respectable artist would sing at that Inauguration. He will destroy our country.

  • therealmoonriver

    Coward