The day the mu­sic didn’t die

THe in­au­gu­ral will go on, de­spite Hol­ly­wood’s snits and pouts

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Me­dia gos­sips re­port that Don­ald Trump is hav­ing trou­ble re­cruit­ing Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties to en­ter­tain guests at the in­au­gu­ra­tion. The likes of El­ton John, KISS, Aretha Franklin, Ce­line Dion, Garth Brooks and Justin Tim­ber­lake have been more or less re­li­ably re­ported to be still nurs­ing snits and pouts, un­able to come to terms with the elec­tion re­sults, and will be miss­ing in Washington on Jan. 20.

The scarcity of twin­kle and tin­sel, such as it may be, may be be­cause so many Hol­ly­wood no­ta­bil­i­ties have, as promised, shuf­fled off to Buffalo and be­yond, some of them to Canada. Or, more likely, they’re hid­ing out in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, watch­ing videos of them­selves with Barack Obama, Hil­lary, or Bernie San­ders, re­flect­ing on what might have been were life not un­fair.

Alec Bald­win, who im­per­son­ates the Don­ald on “Satur­day Night Live,” promised to leave years ago be­cause vot­ers elected a pres­i­dent he didn’t approve of, and his plane, an ag­ing DC-3 with bare-metal bench seats, is said to be still warm­ing up in a hangar some­where on the edge of Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Oth­ers who promised to leave if Hil­lary crashed and burned on Nov. 8 are stay­ing for what’s left of the good life, af­ter all. They were just kid­ding about leav­ing. (Can’t we take a joke?) “The in­ter­view where I said I would move was [given] in Lon­don and was said in jest,” Amy Schumer, an ac­tress and comedienne, now says. Chelsea Han­dler, a talk-show host­ess who says she is a comedienne, too, in­sisted she wasn’t jok­ing when she said she was mov­ing to Spain, tells the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter that she was re­luc­tantly talked out of leav­ing. “Ev­ery­one in my of­fice is like, ‘You have a re­spon­si­bil­ity. You have a voice, and you need to use it, and you have to be here.’”

Cher is dis­ap­pointed that she can’t de­port her­self, as promised, but she’s booked for 12 con­cert dates through­out 2017 at a casino and ho­tel at Na­tional Har­bor in subur­ban Prince Ge­orge’s County a few miles down the Po­tomac from the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, where the ac­tion is. What’s a girl to do? Cher has made sev­eral farewell tours but comes back af­ter ev­ery one, re­call­ing the coun­try-mu­sic clas­sic, “How can I miss you when you won’t go away?”

Boris Ep­shteyn, a se­nior ad­viser to the Trump tran­si­tion team, re­minded the Hol­ly­wood stars this week that the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a pres­i­dent is ac­tu­ally not about them. “This is not ‘Wood­stock.’ This is not ‘Sum­mer Jam.’ This is not a con­cert. This is not about celebri­ties.” The Don­ald him­self tweeted: “It’s about the peo­ple.’”

In­au­gu­ral guests won’t go un-en­ter­tained. The Mor­mon Taber­na­cle Choir, which can carry a tune about as well as any­one, and the Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall Rock­ettes, who are fa­mous for their gams and stepping lively with them, will be here. Jackie Evan­cho, the 16-yearold run­ner-up to the win­ner of “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent,” will sing the na­tional an­them. “It’s not about any one en­ter­tainer,” Mr. Ep­shteyn says. “It’s all about the Amer­i­can peo­ple.”

Some­times stars sim­ply slip out of align­ment, and, whether Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties like it or not (and many don’t), the in­au­gu­ral is about the new pres­i­dent. He’s a celebrity, too.

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