British Singer Rebecca Ferguson Will Accept An Invitation To Perform At Donald Trump’s Inauguration — On One BIG Condition!
Even though Donald Trump has had serious trouble filling out his inauguration roster of entertainment choices, it appears as though he's getting closer to being ready now a few weeks before the event.
The latest news regarding inauguration performances is centered on British singer Rebecca Ferguson, a former X Factor: UK contestant who revealed more on Monday about being asked to perform for The Donald in Washington, D.C. in a few weeks.
Ferguson herself spoke about the invitation on Monday, sharing a statement on Twitter that read, in full (below):
"I've been asked and this is my answer. If you allow me to sing ‘strange fruit' a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington."
Here's the full tweet (below):
For those who don't know, Strange Fruit is a song that was originally a poem -- written by Abel Meeropol -- that deals with lynchings of African-Americans in the 20th century in the United States.
It was first recorded as a song by Billie Holliday, and later also recorded by others, including Nina Simone.
Here's Holliday singing it (below):
Good for Ferguson for standing her ground on that statement -- something tells us her words here make it doubtful that she'll actually be performing at the inauguration, after all.
No word yet from the Trump camp on this, or any other inauguration performers.
For what it's worth, Trump himself is tweeting about nuclear war this Monday afternoon (below):
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
Well, at least Ferguson took a stand!!
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Thomas Becker posted a photo:
Barack Hussein Obama II
(Born 4 Aug. 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii)
The 44th President of the United States of America
For months, Democratic voters have been eyeing Joe Biden, almost certain he would enter the race for the White House in 2016. Vice President Biden had cited many reasons for what seemed like his stalling, the recent death of his son among them. Many assumed that he was biding (pun?) his time, but that’s no longer a possibility. Joe Biden has just made a formal statement that he will not run for president in 2016.
In the minute-and-a-half video above, Biden gives his reasons for not mounting a campaign for the presidential nomination, and that reason is, in fact, the death of his son Beau. He talks about the grieving process, and that the time he and his family needs to mourn has cut significantly into the time necessary to create a winning campaign. He asserts that he has no time left.
“Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination. But while I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.”
Biden went on to praise the efforts of President Barack Obama, and asserted that he believes it would be a mistake to try to undo his “legacy.”
The most important effect of Biden’s refusal to run will be on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Biden posed the largest threat to Clinton’s second bid for the Democratic nomination, and without such a formidable and popular adversary, it looks like her path is all but clear.
He does, however, have criticism for Clinton, which she may well take as words of wisdom. Biden recently criticized Clinton’s remarks that Republicans are “enemies.” Biden said in this speech, “They are our opposition; they’re not our enemies. And for the sake of the country, we have to work together.”
With Joe Biden emphatically out of the race, Hillary Clinton’s only other serious opponent is Bernie Sanders, an extreme socialist who nevertheless has inspired great waves of support, especially after last week’s Democratice Debate.
Despite Biden’s obvious indecision prior to this announcement, it’s clear that his first priority is mourning his son and preserving the overall health of his family, while also using his political platform to influence, educate, and inspire voters.
“We intend — the whole family, not just me — we intend to spend the next 15 months fighting for what we’ve always cared about, what my family’s always cared about, with every ounce of our being.
Today, we have been transported back in time to the early 1900s, courtesy of rapper T.I.
Thanks for the time travel, T.I.! So cool. I didn’t think it was possible.
On Monday, October 12th, T.I. appeared on the radio show “The Whoolywood Shuffle” and was asked if he would vote for a female president. He responded:
“Not to be sexist, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman.
Just because every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president, it’s kind of like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally — they make very permanent, cemented decisions — and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen or they didn’t mean for it to happen.
And I sure would hate to set off a nuke. You ain’t gonna be able to negotiate the right kind of foreign policy. The world ain’t ready yet.”
And just in case that wasn’t ridiculous enough, T.I. also expressed his fully-formed, cogent, and intelligent thought that a mythical creature would be more likely to be elected before a woman:
“I think you might be able to get the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could (a woman). It’s not right, but I’m just saying I don’t think.”
Despite T.I.’s determined intention “not to be sexist,” unfortunately, it turns out he was one hundred percent sexist. Are we really living in a world in which people truly believe that someone can’t make a logical decision because of their genitalia? I can think of a whole lot of women who could have made the better decision not to be stupid on a radio show, and not have let their mouths run away with them.
As for the opinion that “the world ain’t ready yet,” that has obviously been disproven by female leaders of state around the world, such as Isabel Martínez de Perón, the president of Argentina in the 70s, Agatha Barbara, president of Malta in the 80s, and a little someone called Margaret Thatcher (among dozens of others). None of whom are mythical (I don’t think).
T.I.’s remarks smack strongly of the sentiments expressed by those who opposed the suffragist movement, arguing that women were not smart enough to understand complicated politics, and that their emotions and “hysterics” meant that they would never be able to make a logical decision who to vote for.
He later apologized on Twitter for his remarks about women, stating that they were “unequivocally insensitive and wrong.”
My comments about women running for president were unequivocally insensitive and wrong. I sincerely apologize to everyone I offended.
— T.I. (@Tip) October 13, 2015
Do better, T.I.
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Nice Knowing Ya, Rick Perry! Former Texas Governor Becomes The First To Quit The 2016 Presidential Race
It was fun while it lasted, Rick Perry!
Just kidding... it was disturbingly homophobic.
The former Texas governor and kind-of-two-time presidential candidate has now officially dropped out of the race for 2016, citing the 'great' field of candidates he was facing down.
LOLz!! Sure, Rick. Sure. He claims he's looking to spend more time with family, but there's no way it could be at least partially due to his absolutely minuscule poll numbers, though, right??
Either way, Perry made the announcement in St. Louis on Friday (below):
Those glasses never quite worked for you, did they Rick?!
Ah, well. One GOP candidate down, about 58 to go. Who will be next to drop out??
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"I would only ask him if I'm running for re-election to wait. Otherwise a lot of people want to run for President these days."
Chelsea Clinton Thinks Kanye West’s Presidential Announcement Was ‘Awesome’! But Would She Vote For Him? Find Out Here!
Surprisingly, the former First Daughter thought Yeezy's announcement was "awesome," because that seemingly bizarre speech could spark inspiration for kids to get involved in the wonderful world of politics! She said:
"I definitely think who runs for office is really important. Even if him just saying that helps spark a little boy or a little girl who was watching the VMAs to think, 'Oh, wow! Maybe I should do that,' that's awesome."
We're not sure too many little boys or girls watch the VMAs, but we totally get what she's saying!
But whether Hillary Clinton's daughter would actually VOTE for the All Day rapper is still up in the air. She continues:
"I think it depends on who he'd be running against."
Meaning if Hillary wins in 2016, there's a good chance she'll run against West for a second term!
Either way, it doesn't sound like Chelsea is too opposed to #Kanye2020! Are YOU?
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Vice President Joe Biden Is Reportedly Considering A Run For The White House In 2016 — Would You Vote For Him??
Will it be so, Joe?!
Vice President Joe Biden is considering announcing a bid for the presidency in 2016, according to some insider reports -- and a decision may be coming very soon!
Biden's decision supposedly hinges on both political and familial responsibilities -- as opposed to chances of beating Hillary Clinton.
While he is reportedly considering a run very seriously, spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff wanted to be very clear that he has yet to officially go that route:
"The Vice President has not made a decision about his political future. Anyone speculating that he has made a decision is wrong."
That's not a denial...
Of course, VP Biden would enter a tough presidential field within the Democratic Party, with Hillary leading the way and Bernie Sanders gaining on the former First Lady's heels.
Nevertheless, after Biden's son Beau passed away from brain cancer in May, news came out that he allegedly encouraged his father to run for President before his death.
What do U think -- would U support a Joe Biden presidential campaign??
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Of course he would.
That's why we weren't too surprised on Tuesday when we learned that the GOP Presidential candidate wouldn't say no to eventually adding the former Alaskan Governor to his administration.
During a recent interview with Mama Grizzly Radio, the Donald only had nice things to say about Bristol Palin's mother, saying:
"She really is somebody that knows what's happening, and she's a special person, she's really a special person, and I think people know that. And she's got a following that's unbelievable."
They would make a good match...
Donald went on to say that he'd "love" to work with her down the road.
Would you want to see Sarah Palin and Donald Trump working together??
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