Rebecca Ferguson says she'll perform at Trump inauguration if she can sing "Strange Fruit"
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Rebecca Ferguson says she'll perform at Trump inauguration if she can sing "Strange Fruit"

There's at least one recording artist open to performing at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Singer Rebecca Ferguson said she has been asked to perform Jan. 20, and she's willing if she can sing the classic song "Strange Fruit": 

I've been asked and this is my answer. 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" is a song first recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939. The song, known as a protest anthem against the pervasive racism in the U.S., was written by Abel Meeropol, who was reportedly moved to write the haunting lyrics after seeing a photo of a lynching, according to NPR.

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Some of the lyrics to the song starkly depict the lynching of a black man:

Southern trees bear a strange fruit/ Blood on the leaves and blood at the root/ Black body swinging in the Southern breeze/ Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Considering the incoming Trump administration has been accused of racism on a number of occasions, and known racist and alt-right agitator Steve Bannon holds a key position as the president-elect's chief strategist, "Strange Fruit" would draw a stark contrast to many of the ideals espoused during the 2016 campaign. 

British-born Ferguson was a runner-up on the X Factor UK in 2010. 

So far, Trump's inauguration ceremony has been rocked by controversy, with many artists refusing to perform

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