If you’re like me, the only thing amusing about the prospect of a Trump inauguration is how few acts are willing to perform in “celebration” of it. They’ve even been turned down by supporters such as Kiss leader and epic creep Gene Simmons. Vulture has compiled a rejection list. It’s a thing of beauty, y’all.
The Trumpers cannot even win over conservative country singer types or past contestants on the Celebrity Apprentice. The Beach Boys are still on the fence about taking the plunge. I’m surprised: professional asshole Mike Love owns the band name and he’s famously right-wing. In 2012, Love’s (right) wing man Bruce Johnston called President Obama “a socialist asshole” and said the country was fucked if he was re-elected.
Donald Trump’s transition team says it’s not at all worried about the lack of A-list celebs signing up to perform at the President-elect’s inauguration.
“Not at all,” Boris Epshteyn, the communications director for the inauguration, told CNN on Monday. “You know, this is not Woodstock. It’s not Summer Jam. It’s not a concert. It’s not about celebrities.”
Epshteyn told CNN that Trump doesn’t want to have a bunch of A-list celebrities perform at the event, and instead wants to book performers who represent Americans.
“The Rockettes represent the American people. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir represents the American people,” Epshteyn told CNN, adding that other yet-to-be-announced performers will also represent the everyday American at the event. “And that’s what we’re concentrating on.”
The notion that the former host of a reality show featuring C and D-list celebs doesn’t care about show-biz glitz is ludicrous. They might as well call Ted Nugent and be done with it. Now that I think of it, the Secret Service may not let the Nuge near an official event after 8 years of veiled threats against the Current Occupant.
I’m pleased at how toxic the Trump brand has become. The MSM keeps trying to convince people that he’ll grow in office, but only true believers are buying it. Here’s hoping that Team Trump’s inability to convince even Trump sycophants such as Meatloaf to perform is an early indicator that their incompetence may yet save the Republic.
I’m not sure why the Beach Boys are so squeamish about playing for the Insult Comedian. They’re the group that recorded one of Charlie Manson’s songs, after all. Of course, they rewrote it and royally pissed off the homicidal cult leader. Mike Love has been dining out on his encounter with Manson for years, why not add some Trump tales to the repertoire?