Jennifer Holliday has joined the list of stars to back out of performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration concert.
In an open letter provided to the entertainment website The Wrap, Holliday said she decided not to sing at the inauguration because of intense pressure from fans and the LGBT community.
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However, TMZ reported Monday that the Dreamgirls star actually canceled her performance because she received numerous death threats.
The report said that “when her agent contacted the Inauguration Committee, he said the reason was death threats. We’re told the LGBT concerns were not even mentioned.”
A representative for Holliday reportedly told TMZ that “both death threats and the LGBT reaction were factors in her decision.”
The report didn’t give any details on who had threatened the singer.
It said that according to her representative, her “primary concern was the safety of her family.”
Before backing out, Holliday was targeted for boycott by angry Trump opponents, with some calling her an “Uncle Tom” and others suggesting that she should commit suicide.
“It just really made my heart drop to my feet,” Holliday said. “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.”
She reversed her decision once tension began to mount.
In her letter to The Wrap, Holliday was surprised to learn in a Daily Beast article that she was an icon within the LGBT community. She said the piece eventually changed her mind on performing.
“I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence,” she said in the letter.
“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 added.
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