Lady Gaga, Best Coast, Liz Phair, Frank Turner, and More Artists React to the Inauguration
January 20 marks the first day of a post-Trump America—here’s what artists are saying.
Well, it was as bad—if not considerably worse—than most of us imagined, but as of today, January 20, 2021, we’re no longer governed by a WrestleMania-ass president. The past four years have never been short on bad news, culminating in total negligence of an incredibly deadly pandemic which has wreaked havoc on all of our lives, including preventing paychecks from touring musicians—barring Bow Wow, Lil Durk, and Smash Mouth—who’ve been unable to play shows since last March.
Needless to say today has been cathartic—plenty of artists have taken to social media to publicly breathe a sigh of relief as Joe Biden is sworn in to replace the man who played Waldo’s dad in the Little Rascals movie. “Crying so hard my glasses need windshield wipers,” Best Coast tweeted this morning, while artists like Frank Turner send best wishes from overseas. You can read just a handful of the statements below.
My intention is to acknowledge our past, be healing for our present, and passionate for a future where we work together lovingly. I will sing to the hearts of all people who live on this land. Respectfully and kindly, Lady Gaga. ❤️🤍💙🇺🇸
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 20, 2021
Today I feel like I can breathe out, after four years of holding my breath. It's not perfect, it's not a return to 'normalcy', but it's something. Big love USA.
— Frank Turner (@frankturner) January 20, 2021
Crying so hard my glasses need windshield wipers
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) January 20, 2021
“… and the ground gently shook as President Biden assumed power.” The inauguration committee is pulling out ALL the stops 🙂
— Liz Phair (@PhizLair) January 20, 2021
we aint cured but im breathing different.
— Open Mike Eagle (@Mike_Eagle) January 20, 2021
I am happy to make it to the other side of this nightmare. I am hopeful in our shared future. We went through this together and somehow we survived. I am excited to continue my work, and grateful for yours.
— hurray for the riff raff (@HFTRR) January 20, 2021
Hands down this is the best day I can ever remember.
— Dashboard Confessional (@dashboardmusic) January 20, 2021
let's adopt this policy for the next four years: no platforming hate or stupidity by retweeting hate or stupidity. amplify the things and people you believe in. we all gave him oxygen, and look what happened. can we do that? if not, the dog that bred him will be back in heat.
— Stars (@youarestars) January 20, 2021
What a relief.
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) January 20, 2021
They’re tearing down
So we can rebuild
— The Head & The Heart (@headandtheheart) January 20, 2021
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
— PHANTOGRAM (@Phantogram) January 20, 2021
— PUBLIC ENEMY (@PublicEnemyFTP) November 7, 2020