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Katie Hopkins says LGBT community 'bullied' Holliday into cancelling Trump inauguration performance

2017-01-16
Last week, US singer and actress Jennifer Holliday was announced as one of the few performers for Donald Trump's Inauguration concert. However, following a vociferous backlash from fans, the Dreamgirls star announced her decision to cancel the performance in an open letter in which she apologised to the LGBT community. “I sincerely apologise for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect ever American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans,” Holliday wrote. “Please know that I hear you and I feel your pain. The LGBT community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you… You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even through my star had long since faded.” Now, British media personality Katie Hopkins has claimed that the LGBT community "bullied" Holliday into cancelling the performance. Taking to Twitter, the controversy-baiting Daily Mail columnist wrote: "The 'tolerant' LGBT community in action again. Tolerant as long as you have the beauty pageant answer and conform to one opinion... theirs." She added:  "Bullied by the very people who preach tolerance. Who's intolerant now? Holliday decides not to sing for Trump." Hopkins first rose to prominence as a contestant on the third series of  The Apprentice in 2007, and has since kept her profile afloat by embarking on a second career as a professional troll. The 41-year-old has previously spoken of her desire to become a 'gay icon' despite being a vocal critic of the community - though she seemed to take a keen interest in its welfare when using LGBT issues to espouse Islamophobia in her Daily Mail column in 2015. More stories: First look at Russell Tovey and Andrew Garfield in ‘Angels in America’ George Michael discusses open relationships in frank 2004 Attitude interview