Justin Bieber Rejected GOP Convention Gig
According to TMZ, Justin Bieber turned down $5 million from the Republican National Committee after they asked him to perform at the Republican National Convention.
The Hill reports:
GOP donors offered what would have been Bieber’s biggest-ever payday for a 45-minute performance near the Quicken Loans Arena last week. Donors were reportedly also willing to cover production costs.
A promoter told Bieber the event was “not political,” adding he need not endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or any GOP policies.
TMZ said Bieber’s team disagreed, with agency CAA and manager Scooter Braun both finding the event “100 percent political.”
Braun, who supports Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, then suggested Bieber display Black Lives Matter banners during his performance.
The GOP’s donors rejected this compromise, however, insisting Bieber only showcase “All Lives Matter” banners instead. They also ruled out Bieber disparaging Trump or any Republican positions onstage.
TMZ added Bieber’s band, which is made up entirely of African-Americans, did not want to perform after the disagreement.
Bieber ultimately ruled out the gig upon discovering Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James had done the same for another GOP event.
Braun welcomed Clinton, rapper Kayne West and reality television star Kim Kardashian to his Los Angeles home last year for a fundraiser benefiting Clinton.
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