Broadway's Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday has canceled her plans to perform at the presidential inauguration. In an open letter provided to TheWrap, she called her decision to perform a "lapse of judgment."
Holliday had come under fire after agreeing to perform at the event on Friday. At the time of her commitment to the performance, she said, "I’m singing on the mall for the people. I don’t have a dog in this fight — I’m just a singer, and it’s a welcome concert for the people on the mall," according to the New York Times.
Now, less than 24 hours later, she has already decided it's a bad idea. In her apology, she says she was "uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history" and apologized for "causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans."
While initially she saw the performance as just a concert, she was made aware of the political implications when the headlines started flooding in. Holliday has been a longtime ally for the LGBT community, and she says the headline that caused her to rethink her decision the most was a story published on Friday by the Daily Beast titled, "Jennifer Holliday Will Perform at Trump’s Inauguration, Which Is Heartbreaking to Gay Fans."
In her apology letter, Holliday said she was wrong and once again announced her support of the LGBT community: "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!"
She closed her letter with a thank you to her LGBT fans who have helped form her career: "Please know that I HEAR YOU and I feel your pain. The LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you… You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even though my star had long since faded."
Holliday, who was going to perform alongside Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down, was the only performer keeping the ceremony from feeling like a sad free concert performed in the parking lot of a strip mall.