TO: Boston Globe columnist Renée Graham
FROM: The hardreading staff
RE: Your Sunday op-ed
First, we hasten to stipulate that we yield to no man in our professional respect for Boston Globe chinstroker Renée Graham.
However . . .
We must needs take issue with her latest piece in the Boston Sunday Globe.
Musicians lead the resistance
Nobody wants to play with Donald Trump.
Or, to be more precise, no one wants to play for Trump. Less than a month before his inauguration, the president-elect and his minions are flapping about trying to convince somebody — anybody — to perform at his various inaugural events. Last week, pop-opera tenor Andrea Bocelli declined Trump’s invitation after some of the singer’s fans threatened to boycott his concerts and albums if he sang a single note at the inauguration.
Bocelli’s refusal joins snubs from Elton John, Garth Brooks, and Celine Dion. So far, no A-list performers are willing to do anything that might suggest support for Trump, especially on a day he likely views more as a coronation than a swearing-in. Mark the moment: This is the first perceptible proof of life for an anti-Trump resistance that has been more bark than bite since Election Day. This is a silent but effective protest from artists usually thrilled to make a joyful noise.
Graham adds this: “So far, Trump has booked Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old former “America’s Got Talent” runner-up, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the latter somehow feeling like yet another swipe at Mitt Romney.”
That’s all well and good.
But what Ms. Graham fails to note is Saturday’s Boston Herald front page.
Ayla, of course, is the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Scott Brown), who is currently jockeying to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.
(We’ll pass over in silence that every other candidate for the post is far more qualified than Brown.)
Regardless, an offer from a 2006 American Idol round-of-16er is something the Trump inauguration team – or Renée Graham – should hardly ignore.
In our humble opinion.