by G. Brown
President-elect Donald Trump has had a difficult time lining up big name celebrities to perform at his inauguration on Friday. A-listers who have said no include:
- JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
- BRUNO MARS
- KATY PERRY
- GARTH BROOKS
- ANDREA BOCELLI
- CELINE DION
- DAVID FOSTER
- WASHINGTON, D.C.-AREA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BANDS
Original “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Holliday had initially agreed to perform, but says after news broke of her agreement, people began threatening her. Holliday told the panel on “The View”, ” I haven’t done anything to be called names…I woke up, and there was, like, this whole thing of terrible tweets and things on my Instagram, and I was like, ‘Oh, Lord, what did I do?'” The Tony-award winning singer says she was called the “N-word” and even received death threats which caused her to reconsider and eventually withdraw from performing at the inauguration.
Hmmm….maybe Trump should move his inauguration festivities over to what some are predicting will be “the biggest inauguration weekend gathering”, full of star studded guests including singers Katy Perry and Cher, comedian and political show host Samantha Bee and actresses Debra Messing and Julianne Moore. Well, actually Trump can’t attend that festivity –not because it’s “Women Only”(men are invited and several will be addressing the crowd), but because he’s the reason for all these women coming together.
Trump’s entire campaign of racial divisiveness and the access Hollywood tapes of him speaking about how he sexually assaults women were the foundations on which this grassroots efforts grew. Then there was Trump’s rallying cry of “drain the swamp” that has now turned into “overflow the swamp” with his appointments of primarily White, rich men. March organizers say on their event registration page that “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families—recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
The group also states, “The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”
A number of well know activists will be taking part and addressing the crowd including scholar and author Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem,transgender activist Janet Mock, Ilyasah Shabazz, LaDonna Harris and Maryum Ali. Several actresses and TV hosts like Melisa Harris-Perry, Van Jones are also included in the line-up of speakers.
The number of those expected to attend could easily grow as recent polls reveal even those who voted for Trump are already regretting their decision in light of cabinet appointees and his walking back several issues like building the wall and prosecuting Hillary Clinton.
The protest while an impressive effort won’t change the fact that Trump will have already been sworn into office as President, but organizers say their goal is to “send a bold message” to the new president his first day in office that women are ready, willing and able to fight for rights.
The main event will begin Saturday, January 21st in Washington D.C. 10:a.m at Independence Ave SW & 3rd St SW. For those who can’t make the trip to D.C., satellite protests will be held simultaneously in at least 23 locations and cities including Philadelphia, New York, Arizona, Los Angeles, Austin, Iowa and Chicago. You can go to their Facebook Page to see if a sister march is being organized near you.