British pop singer Charlotte Church has become the latest artist who says that she is rejecting an invitation to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
In a tweet early on Tuesday morning, Church said that she has been approached by Trump’s “staff,” but that “a simple internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant.” She then responded to the invitation by saying “Bye,” followed by not so polite emojis.
@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
With just 10 days to go before the inauguration, the thirty year old artist joins a list of other artists who have reportedly said no to performing for the President-elect. The singer’s Twitter feed from 2016 has a number of retweets from the singer that are critical of Trump.
Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Gene Simmons, and Garth Brooks are some of the performers spanning virtually the entire musical spectrum who have turned Trump down, something that has the President-elect enraged and reportedly calling for a “Hail Mary.” The only confirmed acts so far are the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Rockettes, and America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho, who will be singing the national anthem before Trump takes the oath of office.
More recently, perhaps because of the rejections, Trump has said that he is not interested in attracting “A-list” celebrities to his inaugural celebrations.
Another reality TV singer, Rebecca Ferguson, runner up in the seventh season of Britain’s The X Factor, mocked Trump last week by agreeing to perform, but only if she was allowed to sing “Strange Fruit,” the legendary protest song against racism made famous by Billie Holiday.
Ferguson was not even the first to mock the President-elect. Earlier, Alex Baldwin who has tormented the President-elect with his portrayal of him on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ offered to perform at the inauguration, saying that he would like to sing AD/DC’s “Highway to Hell.”
I wanna perform at Trump's inauguration.
I wanna sing HIGHWAY TO HELLhttps://t.co/fCTArIajFb
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 23, 2016
That tweet followed Baldwin’s series of tweets from Thursday night where he called Trump “the most reviled candidate in our history.”