If there's a silver lining in the recent Jessica Simpson PR blooper -- in which her father/manager reportedly fired a group of singing veterans because of their camo pants -- it's that we'll have our pick of holiday music out this season. A spokesperson at Sony Music says the 4Troops will include "I'll Be Home for Christmas" -- which they prepared for the Jessica Simpson Christmas Special -- on their upcoming tour dates, and they'll release the song as an iTunes single on November 16th. On Saturday, they sang the National Anthem at Stewart and Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
|Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear|
|4TROOPS - National Anthem|
In the meantime, Jessica Simpson has moved on to her next scandal: pregnancy, her "friend" tells the National Enquirer, although a member of her "inner circle" denies it. The irony is, the pregnancy rumors were prompted by her vomiting onstage... so perhaps she was trying to deflect some of that speculation when she caused Sgt. Daniel Jens to vomit in disgust.
Sure, the Christmas Special -- produced for public television -- was a promotional appearance, so the 4Troops weren't paid for the appearance besides being cut. Sure, they were so excited about the show, they flew their spouses to New York from Williamsburg, VA, Washington DC, and Utica, NY, on their own dime. But last Tuesday the group shrugged off the Simpson incident on Fox & Friends.
It isn't completely fair to blame Jessica Simpson personally for the actions of her family/management, just as it isn't helpful to conflate her conduct toward this singing group with her opinions about the military. But at least this season, between Jessica's new "Happy Christmas" album and 4Troops' "I'll Be Home for Christmas" on iTunes, we'll be spoiled for choice.