While many celebrities have refused to perform at the President-elect’s inauguration, country singer Toby Keith said he “won’t apologize” for his decision to perform at Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” concert on Jan. 19.
“I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” Keith said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly after facing criticism from liberals for his decision. “I performed at events for previous presidents [George W.] Bush and [Barack] Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.”
— Carrie ❤America ?? (@carrieksada) January 15, 2017
Singer Jennifer Holliday was also set to perform at the concert, but backed out from doing so on Saturday.
In a letter published by The Wrap, Holliday apologized to her fans for agreeing to perform, calling her decision a “lapse of judgement.”
“I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country,” Holliday wrote in the letter. “Regretfully, 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.”
“I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgment, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak for my fans,” she added.
— Dar & POTUS TRUMP (@DarHuddleston) January 15, 2017
Keith, 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood, and several other artists will be performing at the pre-inauguration concert.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Radio City Rockettes, and 16-year-old Jackie Evancho are set to perform at the inauguration ceremony on January 20.
H/T: The Huffington Post
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