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Lady GaGa, Dolly Parton & Pitbull Have Something in Common

Susan Ferrechio’s report, “Lady Gaga turned down $1 million to perform during RNC” at The Examiner is encouraging:

Not even a million dollars could convince Lady Gaga to perform during last summer’s Republican National Convention.
The snub by the pop star is included in a lawsuit filed by a powerful Republican nonprofit fundraising organization, American Action Network, against a vendor whose job was to stage entertainment just outside the doors to the GOP’s convention in August.
Documents filed with the lawsuit show that other entertainers also said “no thanks” to appearing at the GOP convention including Dolly Parton and the rapper Pitbull, who Republicans hoped to feature at an event for the Hispanic Leadership Network.

Ferrechio adds that other performers, including Journey (without Steve Perry) and Lynyrd Skynyrd agreed to perform or appear for the GOP, as have The Nuge and Kid Rock. It’s doubtful that those over-the-hill acts were offered seven figures.
But GaGa apparentlly wasn’t hustled by the “honoring women who run for public office” pitch, not even for a cool mill. She probably figured that they were really trying to neutralize some of her LGBT supporters. No sale. Kudos also to Parton and Pitbull.
Republicans have a long history of using pop music, sometimes without permission, to win the hearts and minds of the younger generation. On several occasions, they have been forced to cease and desist by performers who dislike their policies and candidates.

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