After Kanye West met with his pal Donald Trump in December and even got called out on it, everyone thought he would ultimately be invited to perform at the inauguration but he wasn’t.
And now we know why.
Apparently, it will be a “typically and traditionally American” event and therefore not “fitting” for the rapper.
Not our words.
Tom Barrack’s words. The chairman of the Presidential Inauguration Committee. He told CNN’s Erin Burnett: “He’s been great, he considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue.”
Kanye West is the same rapper whose course is being taught at Washington University; the same emcee who performed at MTV’s Inaugural Youth Ball in honor of President Obama in 2009.
So really, we are not sure what Tom Barrack is trying to say here.
“It’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy, we just haven’t asked him to perform. And we move on with our agenda,” Barrack added.
Among the latest bookings for the “traditionally American event” is Irish river-dancer Michael Flatley, who will reportedly hoof it at Friday night’s Liberty Ball. Read more…
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