Jennifer Holliday Backs Out Of Inauguration: ‘I Received Death Threats From Black People’ [VIDEO]
Jennifer Holliday backed out of performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration after she was harassed online and criticized by her fans.
Though the Broadway star originally agreed to perform at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration,” she canceled days later after she received “death threats from black people.”
“I got the call on Wednesday night [to perform], then Friday morning I woke up and there was this whole thing of terrible tweets and things on my Instagram,” Holliday said on “The View” Tuesday.
“We hadn’t really finalized everything yet and my publicist said, ‘People want to talk to you.’ I live a pretty reclusive life and then one morning you wake up and everyone hates you. I was like, what could I have possibly done to have these things thrown at me?”
“I’m an artist and I love America,” she said. “It just didn’t dawn on me. I performed for four other presidents. I didn’t think anything of it.”
“I didn’t call them up,” she said of the cancellation. “I just sent an email and said it had gotten out of hand. I was receiving deatht threats at this point. I was receiving death threats from back people, the N-word from black people. They were saying they were going to kill me.”
When Joy Behar asked how she knew it was black people threatening her, Holliday said “because I looked.”
“I read everything. At first I said, ‘Are these white people just messing with me? I’m going, ‘Oh my God, these are black people calling me this. They were saying I should kill myself.”