Yesterday Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, alongside Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice President. And while some people at the Inauguration yesterday looked like they were expecting two speeches and the National Anthem, then calling a cab to get back to work, it was an all-day thing as usual.
The inauguration special called Celebrating America was a big, spectacle featuring Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, and of course, Katy Perry. Which is nice for the White House party planning committee. For the first time in 4 years, they had a potential performance list that was longer than “Kid Rock freestyle grunts, and if we have time, maybe Scott Baio can come out and wink at whoever would appreciate such a thing.”
Rihanna is so disinterested in releasing her next album and has decided to start another career outside of her current gigs as a makeup mogul and destroying Victoria’s Secret. Now she’s a trash collector. Rihanna decided to help the new President of the United States, Joe Biden, with a few chores around the White House on his first day. And she started with trash collection–tweeting to Joe a picture of her with garbage bags which we can all take to mean that Donald Trump‘s hairballs are sitting in a landfill somewhere.
Apologies to Lady Gaga, but today’s Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris is not just an outdoor Lady Gaga concert with a patriotic star wars and stripes theme. And as such, Lady Gaga can’t perform all the performances. She got the National Anthem, aka the ultimate “This could be good or this could be BAD” song. And Jennifer Lopez gave us a rousing rendition of “This Land Is Your Land.” The land may be your land, but the song was 100% JLo. She decided to give us the remix no one needed today, by name dropping the title of her song “Let’s Get Loud” while hitting the final few bars.
CNET says that the look Lady Gaga chose to wear as she arrived ahead of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris‘ Presidential inauguration today has the internet drawing some comparisons. Not to Madonna, as is usually the case, but instead to the intergalactic fight between good and evil known as Star Wars. Gaga showed up looking like an all-white Sith Lord, and honestly, is all-white anything the vibe after that insurrection?
Yesterday we learned that Tom Hanks will be hosting a prime-time, virtual inauguration special for President-elect Joe Biden and VP elect Kamala Harris called Celebrating America which will feature performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons, and Justin Timberlake. But It’s hard to muster up much enthusiasm for the inauguration given the threat of violence and division looming in the air. And I’m just talking about the threat of being aesthetically assaulted by whatever criminally tacky backwoods camo tuxedo Timberlake might decide to wear. You’d think that after the events of last week, the inauguration committee would be a little more cautious. But as they say, the show must go on, and what’s a swearing-in ceremony without a stirring rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner? And who better to unite a torn nation with song than Dolly Parton? Not Lady Gaga, that’s for sure. But that’s who we’re getting. And Jennifer Lopez, who will also perform.
Vogue has not had the best track record with Black people recently. Last year, Anna Wintour had to apologize that her magazine wasn’t inclusive and for “hurtful and intolerant” behavior. And most recently, Vice-President Elect, Kamala Harris got shafted by the magazine and they released a print cover (on the right, the digital cover is on the left) featuring Kamala giving us an “I’m constipated and smiling anyway,” pose. Anna got rightfully dragged by her bob, but she won’t accept the criticism. She has an explanation. Anna says she wanted Kamala to look “accessible” and “approachable.” This makes sense to me because Anna was trying to appeal to what she thinks a “regular” person is like. Of course, she thinks peasants look bad.