While Donald Trump may have managed to win the presidential election by positioning himself as the leader of a nationalistic and divisive movement, the President-Elect has been hard-pressed to garner approval from world leaders and outspoken celebrities. In fact, Trump has so many dissenters in the entertainment industry that he’s reportedly had trouble finding performers for his upcoming inauguration ceremony on January 20.
Early on Tuesday, iconic electronic musician and songwriter Moby revealed on Instagram that he had been invited to DJ an event for Trump’s inauguration. Moby declined the request and shared his disbelief in a humorous social media post with a caption that at one point reads “Hahahahaha, wait. Hahahaha, really?”
Hahahahaha, I was just asked by a booking agent if I would consider djing at one of the inaugural balls for #trump... Hahahahaha, wait, Hahahaha, really? I guess I'd DJ at an inaugural ball if as payment #trump released his tax returns. Also I would probably play public enemy and stockhausen remixes to entertain the republicans. I'm still laughing. Hahahaha. So #trump what do you think, I DJ for you and you release your tax returns?
Although Moby initially said no to the outrageous offer, he later conceded in his Instagram post that he would participate in the event if Trump agreed to release his tax returns first. The electronic music pioneer went on in jest about the songs he would play to “entertain the republicans” at the ceremony, including remixes of Public Enemy and Stockhausen.
Moby then decided to take things a step further by creating the “Moby’s Trump Inaugural Ball” playlist, a 27-track mix filled with famous protest songs from throughout modern history. The playlist includes politically charged songs like “Ohio” by Neil Young, “Killing In The Name” by Rage Against the Machine, “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan, “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar, and many more.
The entire playlist is available to stream via Spotify, check it out below.
Moby now joins the ranks of Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, and other famous entertainers who have been invited to perform at the inauguration, but publicly denied the offer to represent the controversial President-Elect. Some artists, such as The National and Common, are playing their own anti-Trump Inauguration Day events to support organizations like Planned Partenthood. To no surprise, Trump has continued to excuse his inability to book high-profile performers for the event by stating that he’d rather have the "PEOPLE" there than “so-called “A” list celebrities”.
The so-called "A" list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
While Trump and his team try to save face, his inability to put together a lineup for his inauguration event is reminiscent of the schoolyard bully who couldn't get anyone to show up at his birthday party.