A still-growing list of performers have backed out of or completely rejected invitations to appear at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20th. Many of them have cited personal conflict given his proven history of supporting racism, sexism and other forms of oppression.
However, Rebecca Ferguson, a British singer and X-Factor alum, has taken a new and interesting approach after being invited to sing at the inauguration. She shared her proposal in a tweet.
“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.”
“Strange Fruit” is a song based on a poem that was inspired by the lynchings that occurred in much of the United States. It was first recorded in 1939 by Billie Holiday and given new life after it was covered by Nina Simone in 1965.
It would be quite the ironic twist if Ferguson was allowed to perform a song with such a rich history at the inauguration of a president who based a large portion of his campaign on hate.
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