Is it “Un-American” to Boycott the Inauguration?

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly recently made an interesting argument on his show, calling any entertainer choosing to boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration “un-American.”

O’Reilly is upset that so many American entertainers are so disgusted by the idea that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States that they’ve chosen to boycott his inaugural proceedings. O’Reilly likens the fear that some entertainers have about performing, that they could be blacklisted for doing so, something akin to the McCarthy era attack on communism in Hollywood. While many liberals may disagree with Donald Trump’s ideas and beliefs, O’Reilly argues that they’d do well to remember that that doesn’t make Trump’s supporters bad people. Blacklists for political ideals are almost always a very bad idea…

Watch as O’Reilly opines:

There are reports that many entertainers are frightened to perform in the Inaugural on January 20. The roster of performers today is scant. Some of the Rockettes will be there, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir out of Utah is scheduled to perform, and Jackie Evancho of America’s Got Talent is also set to sing. The Beach Boys and the country group Alabama may be appearing, but that has not been confirmed. Also not confirmed are some entertainers who reportedly believe if they show up it will hurt their careers. The tenor Andrea Bocelli has been mentioned, along with Garth Brooks, but we cannot confirm that. It is obvious that there is a problem, and there should not be.

The inauguration of a president celebrates a peaceful transition of power engineered by American voters. That’s what the ceremony is – not a political gesture. So all Americans should respect the process even if you don’t like the incoming president. There should never be intimidation about attending or performing. That is un-American.

The election of George W. Bush in 2000 was perhaps the most controversial vote in the nation’s history, but a variety of entertainers showed up at the Inauguration, including Ricky Martin, Wayne Newton, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Rockettes. So even though there was bitterness over the Bush-Gore race, the nation came together at the inauguration. But now that cohesive spirit seems to have changed. In the 1950s Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy started accusing people in Hollywood of being Communists, which led to a blacklist where people were not hired because McCarthy smeared them.

Today it seems anti-Trump zealots may be doing the same thing – if you are a Trump supporter, you are a bad person. And a number of entertainers believe their careers will be harmed should they associate with the new administration. That is an awful state of affairs. Talking Points believes that enough is enough with the anti-Trump movement. The man won the election. Give him a chance, respect the process, stop the nonsense.

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