It was widely reported in the last few months that Donald Trump was having a lot of trouble trying to get guests to perform at his inauguration.
It was then announced the day before the event that Michael Flatley and his troupe would be performing Lord of the Dance.
Here is a video of the performance:
Plenty of people cracked jokes:
Somehow I always knew that Michael Flatley would play a key role in the Apocalypse
— Frankie Boyle (@frankieboyle) January 20, 2017
Saw Michael Flatley trending and thought he was dead. It turned out to be worse that that. #TrumpInauguration
— Mr Hyde-White (@jabbawonger) January 19, 2017
Never thought I'd see Michael Flatley dancing at an orange man's parade.
— Arthur Pewbglount (@Tigzy_J) January 19, 2017
And even Riverdance sought to distance themselves from the spectacle:
— Riverdance (@Riverdance) January 19, 2017
Others were quick to point out that despite being a well-known Irish dancer, Flatley is actually American (he's from Chicago).
Speaking as an Irish woman I would like people to understand Michael Flatley with his fake Irish accent is NOT IRISH. He's American. https://t.co/uq7HR1hLTb
— Aisling Weir☘️ (@WeirAisling) January 21, 2017
One fan even wrote Flatley an open letter before the event, asking him to reconsider:
— Conor Collins (@conartworks) January 19, 2017
Well, at least we don't have to feel shame as a nation...