White House removes petition to disinvite Beyonce from inauguration

The White House says it has no jurisdiction over who gets to perform at the presidential inauguration.

The White House has removed a petition from its website calling for Beyoncé to be disinvited from performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration because she had signed a deal with PepsiCo.

Environmental activist Laurie David started the petition and blogged about it on the Huffington Post. Health advocates had called on Beyoncé last month to reconsider a $50 million contract with the beverage giant. The letter from the Center for Public Interest blames Pepsi and other sugary drinks for fueling an obesity epidemic and causing other health problems.

Beyoncé, an Obama supporter, has helped promote Michelle Obama’s "Let's Move!" initiative  which is dedicated to solving obesity in children by encouraging them to exercise and eat right.

A notice on the White House's website "We the People," says that the petition was removed because under its Moderation Policy, it is in violation of their Terms of Participation," The terms state that users cannot post “petitions that do not address the current or potential actions or policies of the federal government.”

"While you can't sign this petition, there may be other petitions on We the People on a similar issue that you'd like to add your name to," the notice says. "Or, you can create your own petition."

The White House launched "We the People" to allow all "Americans to take action on a range of important issues facing our country." In the recent past, petitions to the White House have included construction of a Death Star by 2016, giving Joe Biden his own reality show, deporting Piers Morgan and releasing the White House beer recipe (which the White House released).

Last week the White House raised the number of signatures required for an official White House response to We the People petitions from 25,000 to 100,000 after interest in the site exploded.

According to the White House, it doesn't actually have any control over Beyoncé's performance at the inauguration because the Presidential Inaugural Committee, not the White House, selects the performers.

 

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