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Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

Chappell Roan has turned down White House invitation to Pride performance

By Vaseline Jun10,2024

The White House’s Pride Month festivities will not feature an appearance by the Midwest Princess this year. During her performance at the 2024 Governor’s Ball Sunday (June 9), Chappell Roan told the audience that she had declined the Biden administration’s invitation to perform in honor of the LGBTQ community in June, shortly before singing her angriest song to the government ordered.

Towards the end of her set on the main stage of the New York City festival, Roan stared straight into the cameras to say she would be singing ‘My Kink Is Karma’ – from her debut album The rise and fall of a Midwestern princess – “in response to the White House asking me to perform for Pride.”

“We want freedom, liberty and justice for all,” she continued sternly. “If you do that, I’ll come.”

The 26-year-old Missouri native’s phrasing was made even more appropriate by the fact that she performed in full Statue of Liberty costume on Sunday, complete with green body paint from head to toe. Earlier in her performance, she said, “In case you’ve forgotten what it says on my pretty little toes: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.'”

“That means freedom in trans rights,” she continued. “That means freedom in women’s rights. And above all it means freedom for all oppressed people in occupied territories.”

Billboard has contacted the White House for comment.

Roan’s performance also included the star debuting a new song titled “Subway,” as well as a costume change into a yellow taxi-inspired outfit, which even included car air freshener earrings. The set came shortly after Princess of the Midwest reached a new peak at number 16 on the Billboard 200 chart dated June 8, 2024.

Watch below as Roan discusses her invitation to the White House and explains the deeper meaning of her Lady Liberty costume.

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