Claiming that his team had recently reached out to ask her to sing during the upcoming ceremony on Jan. 20, Church responded with a cheeky announcement over Twitter.
“A simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant,” she wrote, addressing the president-elect.
After performing a simple internet search as suggested, we found the following comments by Church that would seemingly preclude her from performing at the event marking the start of Trump’s presidency.
In a December 2015 tweet, Church called Trump a “Sith death eater” and an “amoeba,” continuing to say, “I really, really detest him.”
Later, on a 2016 episode of British talk show “The Last Leg,” she further emphasized her feelings on the president-elect.
“I don’t hate anybody, but I hate that man,” the singer said.
Church rose to fame as a teenager with an impressive pop and opera voice; the 30-year-old has since devoted more of her time to political activism.
Her comments come one week after British “X Factor” finalist Rebecca Ferguson said she would only perform on Inauguration Day if she were able to sing “Strange Fruit.” With lyrics describing a lynching in the South in gruesome detail, the tune is perhaps the best-known song against racism in America.
So far, the Radio City Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and singer Jackie Evancho from “America’s Got Talent” are slated to perform along with military musicians and the Marist College marching band.
Reports indicate that there’s been turmoil behind the scenes as Trump’s team struggles to secure willing participants. Against tradition, not a single local Washington, D.C. band has applied to perform. Managers of the Rockettes have stated its members are not required to show up, and one tabernacle choir member has quit in protest.
According to “Let it Go” singer Idina Menzel, it’s all “karma, baby.”
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Singers Charlotte Church, Rebecca Ferguson react to Trump invites
With 10 days to go before Donald Trump's inauguration, the entertainment roster is still sparse, with only Jackie Evancho, the Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes confirmed to perform.
On Tuesday, British singers Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Church officially turned him down.
Church, a classical/pop singer from Wales who rose to fame with her version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Pie Jesu, tweeted at the president-elect wondering why his inaugural committee had even approached, given that "a simple Internet search would show I think you're a tyrant."
Meanwhile, Ferguson, the runner-up from the seventh season of Britain's The X Factor, said she is officially not participating, given that the committee wouldn't accommodate her one demand: that she be allowed to sing Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit. The song is a condemnation of the lynchings of African-Americans in the late 1930s, based on a poem by Abel Meeropol.
In a statement posted to her website Tuesday, Ferguson explained, "I wasn't comfortable with the song choice made on my behalf, and although I'm very blessed to have a gift that gives me amazing opportunities, as a mother and an artist, I had to defend my stance. That is why I made the decision to sing Strange Fruit when I was invited. I requested to sing Strange Fruit, as I felt it was the only song that would not compromise my artistic integrity and also as somebody who has a lot of love for all people, but has a special empathy as well for African American people and the #blacklivesmatter movement, I wanted to create a moment of pause for people to reflect."
The bottom line: "There are many gray areas about the offer for me to perform that I'm unable to share right now, but I will not be singing," Ferguson said.