Former “X Factor” contestant Rebecca Ferguson has been asked to perform at Donald Trump’s coming presidential inauguration.
Proving she is no sissy, Ferguson, who came in second in the show’s 7th season, said she will do it… on one condition.
“I’ve been asked and this is my answer,” the English singer wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “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,” she continued. “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,” written by Abel Meeropol, was originally recorded by the legendary Billie Holiday in 1939.
Here’s a sampling of the lyrics:
“Southern trees bear strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root / Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze / Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.”