Chuck E Cheese Animatronic Band Declines to play at Trump Inauguration
President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration will be taking place Friday, January 20th in Washington, D.C., and Trump himself has already boasted about how fantastic the musical lineup is going to be for the pre-inauguration concert. The event is typically packed with high-profile artists who graciously accepted the opportunity to perform at such an important event, but this year things are a bit different. With such a personality as divisive as Trump, many of the artists who were originally rumored or even confirmed to be performing at the event have since backed out. The latest to join this list is Charles “Entertainment” Cheese, a.k.a. “Chuck E. Cheese” and his animatronic band.
One of the trademarks of Chuck E. Cheese's, dating back to the days when it was known as ShowBiz Pizza Place, is its animatronic animal musical act: Munch's Make Believe Band. The group's repertoire included only The Beatles' "She Loves You" and Marky Mark's "Good Vibrations." “I was asked to participate in the upcoming inauguration,” said Mr. Cheese, “and I politely and respectfully declined.” In reality, the only talent Trump has been able to lock down to perform is 16-year-old America’s Got Talent star Jackie Evancho. She will be singing The Star Spangled Banner. Despite public outcry against Evancho, she has seen her only record release rack up some serious sales since her performance was confirmed. One hopes Trump can keep his hands to himself when Evancho performs, although he does have a history of making sexual comments about history. Trump once said of a 10-year-old girl, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”
Crusty the cat, who the band replaced with Mr. Munch in 1978, could not be reached for comment.