Jeremy Pope
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Sia Turned Down a Selfie with Trump for Her Queer and Mexican Fans

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Although many were upset with Saturday Night Live for having Donald Trump host during the election, it seems not everyone on the show was rolling out the red carpet for the would-be president. Sia recently shared a moment from the show that has us renewing our long-time respect for the artist.

The "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" singer told Rolling Stone about the SNL episode in which she and Trump both ended up making an appearance. Apparently he and daughter, Ivanka approached her backstage for a photo. But Sia had the most commendable response. 

“We’ve got to get a photo!” Trump said. Lurking behind him was Ivanka, camera in hand. Sia froze. A self-described co-dependent, Sia lives in fear of hurting people’s feelings. On the other hand, she could imagine the outrage over a photo of her and Trump, arms around each other, plastering the Internet. And so she managed to meekly reply, “Actually, do you mind if we don’t? I have a lot of queer and Mexican fans, and I don’t want them to think that I support your views.”

 

After a beat, he said, “Oh, no problem. Then don’t.” He didn’t seem angry or hurt in the slightest.

“It was as if he viewed me as protecting my brand,” says Sia. “He respected that.

“I was like, ‘Thank you so much,’ ” she recalls, “and then I went into my dressing room and had crazy diarrhea.”

That sounds like an appropriate response to an encounter with Trump... the diarrhea, I mean. Her polite rejection was much more respectful than Trump deserved, but it was an incredibly powerful gesture to speak up on behalf of her loyal fans.

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