President-elect Donald Trump's Inauguration Day plans could be spoiled thanks to a bunch of celebrities reportedly planning an anti-Trump "Freedom Concert" to register their protest against his presidency on the same day he is set to take over the reins from outgoing President Barack Obama.
Over the course of the last few weeks, several celebrities have been approached to perform at Donald Trump's Inauguration Day ceremony on January 20, 2017. But most of the entertainers approached by the Trump transition team have turned down the offer to perform at his Inauguration because of political and personal discrepancies with the new President-elect. In such a scenario, as The Wrap reported, Trump's team have allegedly taken an unconventional route to try and populate the ceremony with A-list stars.
"They are willing to pay anything," one source told the media outlet.
"They told me, 'We'll pay their fees.' Most of these artists' fees are in the six to seven figures."
The desperation seems to have hit the Trump team so hard that his former campaign manager and now adviser Kellyanne Conway recently took to national television to make a plea to Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, asking them to call her to be part of the festivities, according to CNN.
But despite everything, not many celebrities seem willing to perform at Donald Trump's Inauguration Day event. As AV Club reported, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock are the only musicians willing to perform at the event at this point, with 16-year-old American Idol runner-up Jackie Evancho having been confirmed as the singer who will sing the National Anthem. The Inquisitr had earlier reported that famed tenor Andrea Bocelli, who was rumored to be one of the performers at Trump's Inauguration ceremony, backed off after a fierce social media backlash. In fact, just this last Thursday, it was confirmed that dancers with The Radio City Rockettes would perform at the event, but now BBC is reporting that the dancers have refused to take part at Donald Trump's event.
"I usually don't use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion," Phoebe Pearl, a member of the Rockettes, wrote on Instagram.
"The women I work with are intelligent and are full of love and the decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we're against is appalling."