Former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson has been invited to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony later this month and has responded on Twitter...
On 20th January, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States of America. We didn’t ever expect to be writing that sentence but here we are, spending our time watching video montages of Obama and Joe Biden’s ‘bromance’ as we try to avoid any more Trump-related headlines. One, however, is particularly curious as it involves a former X Factor contestant.
Yep, in a move we, nor anyone else (presumably) saw coming, Rebecca Ferguson has been invited to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration later this month. As in, Rebecca Ferguson who was the runner-up of The X Factor back in 2010. Taking to Twitter, the singer posted the following announcement:
“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. Best Rebecca X”
Originally sung by Billie Holiday in 1939 and covered by Nina Simone in 1965, Strange Fruit is one of the most famous songs about racism there is. The lyrics graphically describe the lynchings of African-Americans and the record has become one of the most well-known protest songs in history:
‘Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees’
Trump is yet to respond to Rebecca’s tweet, but it will be interesting to see what his response is. The President-Elect has been struggling to find stars who want to take part in his inauguration. The likes of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Elton John have all turned down invites to perform.
While we wait to see what happens next, we’re just going to go ahead and watch Beyoncé’s emotional performance at the Inaugural Ball in 2009 to remind ourselves of better days.