British singers Church, Ferguson snub Trump inauguration

FILE PHOTO - British singer Charlotte Church arrives at a division of the High Court, in central London
FILE PHOTO - British singer Charlotte Church arrives at a division of the High Court, in central London, February 27, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning/File Photo

January 10, 2017

By Estelle Shirbon and Jonathan Allen

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – British singers Charlotte Church and Rebecca Ferguson have rejected invitations from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s team to perform at his inauguration next week, they said in separate statements on Tuesday.

The rejections follow other apparent snubs by celebrities including Elton John, whose publicist denied in November that he would be performing at the event after an economic adviser to Trump had said that he would.

“@realDonaldTrump Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye,” wrote Church in a tweet she concluded with derogatory emojis.

Tom Barrack, a longtime friend of Trump who is organizing the Jan. 20 event, brushed aside suggestions that there would be a lack of star power at the Jan. 20 festivities.

Barrack told reporters that Trump himself was “the greatest celebrity in the world” and that the inauguration committee was aiming for a “much more poetic cadence” rather than “a circus-like celebration that’s a coronation.”

Trump’s inauguration committee did not reply to requests for comment about Church and Ferguson.

Classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho, who rose to fame as a child performer on the TV show “America’s Got Talent” six years ago, has confirmed she would sing the U.S. national anthem at Trump’s inauguration.

Church, who also began her career as a child classical singer, has spoken out in recent years about her left-leaning political views, and posted multiple tweets during the 2016 campaign criticizing Trump.

Ferguson, who gained prominence as a runner-up on the TV talent show “The X Factor” in 2010, said on Tuesday she too had refused to perform at Trump’s inauguration because her choice of the song “Strange Fruit” was rejected.

The anti-racist song, which has been performed by the likes of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, protests against the lynching of African-Americans in the South in the early 20th century.

“I requested to sing ‘Strange Fruit’ as I felt it was the only song that would not compromise my artistic integrity,” Ferguson said in a statement.

“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,” she said.

(Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington; Editing by Janet Lawrence and Tom Brown)

  • Widl Man

    We don’t need no Stinking British entertainers at Trump’s inauguration-it is an AMERICAN thing, not British.

  • Tim Roof

    Who gives a rat’s patootie what foreign celebrities think of President Trump? And do we really care about entertainers at the inaugural? I don’t. The less of a circus sideshow, the better. Unbelievable.

  • Methi Cura

    saved from listening to these two bores

  • disqus_womTBxDdcR

    I’m sorry but who are these people again? Not famous. Who cares.

  • DeplorableTollthis

    Who gives a damn! The Limeys surrendered their Country to Islam and their brains to lunacy!

  • DonGTonic⬜🕇🚹

    Never heard of them.

  • bulge44

    Well, this isn’t their country. If they don’t approve of Trump’s policies – concerning Illegal Immigrants, and vetting people from terrorist countries. Then stay out of the USA. Typical bleeding heart liberals who don’t have a clue…

  • SPQR Maximus Farticus

    I seen this girl ( Church ) when she was about 15 and was in her home with her mother for an interview.
    She was really a nasty, spoiled, disrespectful little girl that would angrily tell her mother “shut up!” on camera, and her mother would let it go, in true liberal fashion. I think she was/had gave her liberal mother all kinds of Hell. Probably what is the matter with her.
    And why would trump even think about inviting Elton John, a sexual deviate, who, with his male “husband” have “adopted” a little boy. ( the legislative and judicial people responsible for this should be put in jail ).

  • lb–PROUD DEPLORABLE

    Sorry, I dont believe this, that either of these two Welsh/British nobodies was actually invited. Try again for some desperately needed publicity girls since your so-called careers arent going anywhere–both so young to have peaked and on the downslide

    • Dave Chandler

      Bingo!

  • Widl Man

    Who cares!! We should only have American entertainers at the inauguration.

    • Roberto Deramo

      Being from Detroit, I agree!!!

    • DonGTonic⬜🕇🚹

      Ooorah! Hell yea!

  • Mark P

    Who??

  • Simon9

    Trump reaches out and tries to be inclusive. But the haters of the left just gotta hate. Don’t expect them to calm down or stop hating anytime soon. It’s just funny that they are so confused they think HE’S the hater and they’re not.

  • Gerry

    Sorry, not familiar with them. Guess they didn’t think they could make it through customs. Support American talent.

  • bobruark

    They are British? what the heck are they doing at an AMERICAN inauguration ? stay in the craphole you call the UK

  • Calvin Allison

    Their loss… who else cares? NOT ME

  • Jack Green

    Who are they and why are they newsworthy? More drivel that think they have some benefit to society.

  • jlsharks1

    One word for you, boycott these idiots.

  • mudbirdy

    Why has this taken on such importance? You do know the majority of entertainers are left wing liberals. So whats new? Could it be that the Hollywood types have been elevated to such heights they believe they are the ones who run the country and the president is there to support them? It will be nice to see a dignified inauguration that represents the country – not a bunch of lip syncing strippers in see thru and underwear. Time to restore the dignity of the office.

  • louigi

    Stay on your side of the pond commie!

  • jeff

    This is really sad, I thought she had more class than that, won’t be buying her music anytime soon.

  • davej

    Grow up children

  • Dave Chandler

    OAN should change thier name to Reuters 2.0 with all the crap they keep posting.

    • Widl Man

      Better thanthe tabloid crap from ABC, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, Fox and the liberal media for the shock affect over the real news.

      • Dave Chandler

        True but was touted as the best. You forgot Reuters on your list. Thats all they copy here so no it’s not better than ABC,CNN, ETC

  • DickHair

    OMG. The only Fruit that is Strange here is you pissy pants proggies that haven’t a clue.