Laughably, they’re claiming the removal had nothing to do with Beyoncé performing at Obama’s inauguration.

Via WaPo:

The White House has removed a petition from its We the People Web site calling for singer Beyoncé to be disinvited from performing the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration.

The star and longtime Obama supporter has a $50 million sponsorship contract with PepsiCo. Public health advocates urged her to reconsider the deal last month, citing health issues linked to soft drinks.

Beyoncé, who is also slated to perform at the Super Bowl, has helped promote Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative to combat childhood obesity. She and her husband, Jay-Z, hosted a fundraiser for Obama’s reelection campaign in September. Beyoncé also performed Etta James’s “At Last” for the Obamas’ first dance at a 2008 inaugural ball.

A White House spokesperson told the Obama Foodarama blog that Beyoncé’s performance at the inaugural is “not something the White House actually has jurisdiction over.”