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Pop Singer Jennifer Holliday Shamed into Canceling Inaugural Performance

Singers Alexander Burke, Jennifer Holliday and Deborah Cox are seen performing at the 2013 Apollo Spring Gala, on Monday, June 10, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP)

Pop singer Jennifer Holliday is shocked — shocked, she says! — to discover that Donald Trump is a controversial politician.

No…really.

The Hill:

“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 Clinton, 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.”

So much for “singing for the people.” It’s more important for her to get back into lockstep with her liberal colleagues.

This is one clueless diva. How could she possibly believe that anyone on the left would let her acceptance to perform slide? Her plaintive cry that she’s getting the hate when she hasn’t done anything makes you wonder what planet she’s been living on for the last couple of years.

Bad enough she cancelled her performance, but then she groveled before the mighty LGBT lobby:

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.

Is it better to be ignorant or spineless? Holliday appears to be both.

Meanwhile, opera singer Andrea Bocelli also cancelled his inaugural appearance. The tenor’s spokesman said he would not perform because of death threats made against him.

Opera star Andrea Bocelli backed out of singing at Donald Trump‘s inauguration after receiving death threats, The Mail on Sunday has learnt.

The revelation came as another singer – Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday – last night pulled out of the President-elect’s festivities after being threatened and branded an ‘Uncle Tom’.

When blind tenor Bocelli announced he would not sing at this Friday’s celebration, it was widely reported it was because fans had said they would boycott his concerts and records.

But a source said the 58-year-old had been determined to ‘press ahead’ and sing but had pulled out on the advice of his security team after receiving threats to his life.

A source close to Bocelli, a friend of Trump’s, said: ‘Andrea is very sad to be missing the chance to sing at such a huge global event but he has been advised it is simply not worth the risk.’

Congratulations, Trump haters. You’ve  intimidated a blind man into cancelling a performance. Such an epic achievement on the left hasn’t been seen since Hillary Clinton bullied a White House usher to tears.