What if you threw an inauguration and nobody came?

Watching a new president take the Oath of Office is historically a proud and patriotic event, not so this time. Performers including: Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Celine Dion declined Trump’s invitation to appear at his inauguration. Broadway star Jennifer Holliday was actually on board to perform, but she decided not to attend due to the outcry from her LGBT fans. Add to that list dozens of lawmakers who publicly announced that they were boycotting the inauguration. 

Polls are showing that with a 40% approval rating, Trump is the least popular president-elect in modern history.

If you think Americans are the only ones unhappy about Trump, think again. Charlotte Church said she was asked to perform, but declined on Twitter by saying “A simple internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant.” Rebecca Ferguson actually accepted the invitation, but only if she could perform the protest song “Strange Fruit”, which describes America’s history of lynchings and racism against black people.  Needless to say, she was not on the roster.  In addition, the website Occupy Democrats reported that people in at least 370 cities around the world were planning to hold protests during the inauguration. 

Friday, Jan. 20: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the crowd at Trump’s inauguration events did not come close to drawing in large numbers compared to Obama 8 years ago. Need a visual? See the tweets below:

So here’s our Question of the Week: If you had to perform at Trump’s inauguration, but you could do whatever you wanted, what would you do?

A full list of confirmed performers and those who declined or were disinvited is below, courtesy of Vox.com:

  • Toby Keith (performing)
  • 3 Doors Down (performing)
  • Jon Voight (performing)
  • Lee Greenwood (performing)
  • Jackie Evancho (performing)
  • The Frontmen of Country (performing)
  • DJ Ravidrums (performing)
  • The Piano Guys (performing)
  • Vince Neil (disinvited)
  • Elton John (declined)
  • Andrea Bocelli (declined)
  • Celine Dion (declined)
  • Garth Brooks (declined)
  • KISS (declined)
  • David Foster (declined)
  • Rebecca Ferguson (declined)
  • Moby (declined)
  • Charlotte Church (declined)
  • Paul Anka (declined)
  • Jennifer Holliday (declined)
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