Charlotte Church won’t play for “tyrant” Donald Trump
By Andy Malt | Published on Wednesday 11 January 2017
Right, I know that Donald Trump’s team have probably just asked the big booking agencies to blanket email all their acts on the off chance one of them might be willing to perform at the President-Elect’s inauguration party. However, it’s far more fun to imagine that the disparate group of artists who have knocked him back were hand chosen, and Team Trump are working their way down their wish list day by day. So that’s how we will proceed.
Since the beginning of the year, as the performer-light event draws increasingly close, Rebecca Ferguson and Moby have both revealed attempts to book them. Both said that they would do it under certain conditions – Ferguson that she be allowed to perform ‘Strange Fruit’, Moby that Trump publish his tax returns. Neither has been booked.
Yesterday, Charlotte Church revealed that she had been asked to perform, but that she had bowed out without even thinking up a comedy condition. Instead, she tweeted at Trump: “Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration. A simple internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye”.
She added four smiling pile-of-poo emojis, to show that she really meant it. Good job she didn’t go with any piss-based emojis, otherwise Trump might have assumed that meant the party was on.
In case you wondered, a simple Google search does indeed bring up an interview Church gave to the New Statesman just last month, in which she said she would decline any offer to meet Trump “because he is such a tool”.
“Mind you”, she added. “I sang at George Bush’s inauguration”.