Rebecca Ferguson will sing at Donald Trump's inauguration on one condition

She wants to sing Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit', which protests racism

By Andrea Tim | Published: 3 Jan 2017

Rebecca's condition
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Rebecca Ferguson has been asked to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States this 20 January in Washington, D.C.. The X Factor series 7 runner-up announced on Twitter yesterday that she will accept the invite if she's allowed to perform Billie Holiday's controversial song Strange Fruit.

"I've been asked and this is my answer," Rebecca's response reads. "If you allow me to sing Strange Fruit a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington."

Strange Fruit was recorded by Holiday in 1939 using a poem originally titled Bitter Fruit by Abel Meeropol. The song protests racism in America and highlights lynching of African Americans in the South, between the late 1800s and 1960s.

Trump and the organisers of the inauguration have yet to respond, but don't hold your breaths, everyone.

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