She might be one of the most prominent Australian names in the world of pop music, but that didn’t stop Sia from once having a rather awkward run-in with US President Donald Trump.
Back in 2015, Donald Trump was quickly gaining steam as the frontrunner for the US Republican Party’s nominee in the 2016 Presidential election. As a result, long-running program Saturday Night Live invited the political hopeful to host the show for a second time, which was met with severe controversy and protests from minority groups who opposed the policies he stood for.
While Donald Trump did go on to host Saturday Night Live in November of 2015, the episode’s musical guest happened to be none other than Adelaide’s Sia (who would reappear on the show just months later), who recently recalled what happened when she ran into the controversial politician.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sia recounted her meeting with Trump, explaining how he called out to her as she was returning to her dressing room after the show.
“We’ve got to get a photo!” Sia says Trump exclaimed while holding a camera, before she realised what being associated with the future US President might mean.
“Actually, do you mind if we don’t?,” she stated. “I have a lot of queer and Mexican fans, and I don’t want them to think that I support your views.”
“Oh, no problem. Then don’t,” Trump reportedly replied, without seeming hurt or angry at all.
“It was as if he viewed me as protecting my brand,” recalled Sia. “He respected that.”
“I was like, ‘Thank you so much,’” she explained, “and then I went into my dressing room and had crazy diarrhea.”
While Sia appears to have been one of the few people to have turned down Donald Trump without becoming the subject of a Twitter rant afterwards, she’s certainly not the first to speak to the US President in criticism of his controversial policies.
Just recently, US grunge-rockers Pearl Jam came under fire for a concert poster to one of their shows which happened to feature an image of the White House in flames, while the corpse of Donald Trump lay in the foreground being picked over a bald eagle.
Needless to say, Trump is certainly one of the more divisive folks out there.