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Trump Inauguration Shouldn't Have Celebrities

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President-elect Donald Trump raises a fist to supporters in the lobby of Trump Tower on January 13, 2017, in New York. (Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 11:50 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Since everything has to be a sticking point and a reason to argue these days, in recent weeks, the list of performers slated to play at President-elect Trump’s inauguration has become a political football. On one side you have the growing list of celebs aghast at the very notion of a President Trump, who are proclaiming loudly and proudly that they will not perform … despite not having been invited to do so. Then there are some who were asked and declined.

The reality is, however, despite the noise not everyone is planning to skip the inaugural festivities. There are plenty of everyday Americans thrilled about the new direction America is taking. Then there are the folks who know their audience well enough to jump at the chance to play for this president. Guys like Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood are shoo-ins and the love is sure to be strong and mutual. Of course, some are already comparing the lineup to those who played for President Obama, a luminous list including Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, U2, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and more — for a president who was a disaster for the United States of America.

Sure, there are very few who have the star power of Kelly Clarkson or Beyonce, but the Trump camp doesn’t care who isn’t with them and won't play into what some want to proclaim a scandal. In keeping with the theme throughout the campaign, Trump has warmly embraced and celebrated those who are "with" him while either ignoring or dismissing those who are not.

Trump has even turned the eyebrow-raised, winking comparisons around on themselves, saying the show is not about him or the star power he attracts. It’s about "the people" and who they would like to see.

For some performers, like singer Jackie Evancho, agreeing to perform caused some PR blowback from fans who are none too happy with the decision. Striking a conciliatory tone, Evancho said she hopes her performance helps to bring the country together. But that hasn’t stopped some people from picking on the 16-year-old kid, saying her performance is an affront to LGBT rights. Evancho’s sibling is transgender. The sibling in question, Juliet Evancho, did her best to reject this notion with class, reminding her sister’s critics, "it's an honor for her to be singing for our country in front of so many people." For many, that’s what this is about, and it’s not just Evancho hoping more people realize that sooner rather than later.

Ronn Torossian is one of America’s foremost Public Relations executives as founder/CEO of 5WPR, a leading independent PR Agency. The firm was honored as PR Firm of the Year by The American Business Awards, and has been named to the Inc. 500 List. Torossian is author of the best-selling "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations." For more of Ronn Torossian's reports, Go Here Now.

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