Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Donald Trump’s transition team, publicly announced that Elton John would perform at the 2017 inauguration. But it seems Sir Elton’s camp has no idea what the president-elect's team is talking about.
During an appearance on BBC’s HARDtalk this week, Scaramucci spoke about his and the president-elect’s support and advocacy for the gay community: “This will be the first American president in U.S. history that enters the White House with a pro-gay rights stance,” he said during the interview. “Elton John is going to be doing a concert on the [National] Mall for the inauguration.”
But, according to John’s spokeswoman Fran Curtis, that isn’t going to happen.
“Incorrect. He will NOT be performing,” Curtis wrote in an email to The New York Times.
We knew this was too bizarre to be true. John was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton throughout the 2016 presidential race; in fact, he performed at one of her Los Angeles fundraisers, where he reportedly told the crowd, “We have to elect this humanitarian—we cannot let this barbarian in office.”
Of course, the “barbarian” was Trump.
Though some artists—ahem, Riff Raff—have stated they would perform for Trump if the price was right, we can’t imagine John lending his time or talent to a Trump celebration.
"[If] Donald Trump gets to be president, he'll marginalize people," John told Mic back in July. "He's already doing it."