Rebecca Ferguson Walks From Inaugural After Her Demand To Sing About Lynching Blacks Was Denied

Rebecca Ferguson knew the Trump Transition team wasn’t going to approve her song and that’s why she selected it.

Ferguson, an X Factor finalist said she would sing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration if she were allowed to sing the song Strange Fruit, a song banned in the 1930s but sang by Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.

To request to sing this song on a celebration day for an incoming President was dumb and ignorant in my opinion. I’ve listened to the song many times on YouTube and there is nothing uplifting about it at all.

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It’s a deep-thinking provoking song but not one to mark the new day of a President who wants to make America great again.

From Truth Monitor:

Trump’s inauguration team decided that the song would not set the right tone for the January 20th event, so they chose to part ways with Ferguson when she would not sing a different song.

“Due to circumstances beyond my control concerning the offer to perform at the Inauguration Concert, I was thrown into the middle of a political arena last week,” Ferguson, 30, said in a statement. “I wasn’t comfortable with the song choice made on my behalf, and although I’m very blessed to have a gift that gives me amazing opportunities, as a mother and an artist, I had to defend my stance. That is why I made the decision to sing Strange Fruit when I was invited.”

“I requested to sing Strange Fruit as I felt it was the only song that would not compromise my artistic integrity and also as somebody who has a lot of love for all people, but has a special empathy as well for African American people and the #blacklivesmatter movement, I wanted to create a moment of pause for people to reflect,” she continued. “I believe talent is a gift that should be used to heal the wounds of this world and make the world a better place to live in.”

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I think either she coerced to use that song as a way to get out from performing in the inaugural knowing the Trump admin wouldn’t accept it or she’s just plain ignorant.

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