Did the Trump administration declare that Billie Eilish was a threat to the future of America? Well, not really…

A leaked document from the Trump administration detailed plans for a US$250 million ad campaign meant to “defeat despair and inspire hope.” As it was coming together, a list of potential cameos by celebrities was pulled together. The list included Justin Timberlake, Adam Levin, Jennifer Lopez, and more than 260 others. In the end, only ten were officially approved, including Billy Ray Cyrus.

Billie Eilish was one of those rejected before she was even asked. Why? The document describes her as “not a Trump supporter” (Duh. She wasn’t shy about expressing her political opinions)…

…but some stories also say the document accused Eilish of “destroying our country and everything we care about.” Great story, but it’s not true.

The document merely quotes what Eilish said about Trump at the Democratic National Convention back in the summer. Although I’d have loved it had Trump’s people elevated Eilish to the same level as domestic terrorists–which would have been totally batshit CRAZY–we must be accurate in what was actually said.

More at The NME.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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