President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration will inevitably take place Jan. 20, but it may be a notably quiet affair.
Colony Capital mogul Tom Barrack is currently in charge of organizing the inauguration ceremony, and several anonymous talent bookers have confirmed to The Wrap that the Trump team is so desperate for reputable performers that they are actually offering up “ambassadorships” and “plush diplomatic posts” to anyone who can provide A-list talent for Trump’s inauguration.
Basically: it would seem that the Trump team is bribing talent managers and bookers in order to obtain notable entertainers for the inaugural events.
One of the insider’s told The Wrap that he was “shocked” by the indecent proposal. “Never in a million years have I heard something so crazy,” he continued. “That was the moment I almost dropped the phone.”
Not surprisingly, the booker in question turned down the generous, if ethically questionable, offer.
Jenn Topper, a spokesperson for the government transparency group Sunlight Foundation, told The Wrap that the idea of offering ambassadorships to talent managers in exchange for a favor is highly problematic. “It’s bad policy to offer ambassadorships to unqualified, inexperienced individuals, no matter who is president.”
While such information would indicate that the Trump inauguration team is sweating bullets over the lack of enthusiasm for Trump’s presidency, Boris Epshteyn told The Wrap in a statement that such an insinuation has “no truth”:
“There is no truth to this insinuation,” said committee spokesman Boris Epshteyn. “First-class entertainers are eager to participate in the inaugural events. The inauguration as a whole will be an exciting and uniting celebration of freedom and democracy. We will be releasing further details at the appropriate time.”
Thus far, the Trump team has managed to procure 16-year-old America’s Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli to sing at the inauguration. And although they are rumored to have their sights set on more high-profile singers and musicians, it does seem somewhat suspect that no one else has been confirmed as of yet.
Top-tier performers aren’t the only ones conspicuously declining to perform at a celebratory Trump event — according to The Washington Post, none of the Washington, D.C. marching bands have signed up to participate in Trump’s inaugural parade, either.
The whole, shadowy ordeal casts an entirely new light on the meeting between Kanye West and Donald Trump earlier this week. Is it possible that Kanye will actually agree to perform at Trump’s inauguration? Considering the rapper’s erratic behavior as of late, the notion definitely isn’t off the table.
One thing seems resoundingly certain, though — Hillary Clinton BFF Katy Perry probably won’t be making an appearance.