While many singers have backed out of performing at the presidential inauguration, Jackie Evancho is standing strong in spite of the critics.
Even before news of the performance was released, Evancho has always seen her family as “kind of a big target.”
“I have a transgender sister, and so a lot of hate goes towards us,” the 2010 “America’s Got Talent” runner-up told People magazine. “But I also get a lot of love. So, we pay most attention to that.”
Many talking heads have been critical of the singer’s decision to perform at the inauguration, but her fans have shown nothing but support, as her album sales have skyrocketed in the past weeks since agreeing to perform.
TMZ reported that her album sales have quadrupled in the past weeks, and her 2011 album “Dream With Me” reached as high as number two on the Billboard 200. Still, Jackie says that “we get really annoyed with the hate,” but that her and her family are choosing to “just ignore it.”
Evancho isn’t the only one facing media scrutiny for her decision to perform. A few members of The Rockettes have complained about performing at the inauguration (which has been made voluntary, meaning you don’t HAVE to do it), and thousands have signed a petition calling on Talladega College to withdraw their marching band from participating.
You may not support president-elect Trump, but we will never be able to move forward, and propser as a nation if we are constantly working against one another. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Hopefully America will be able to come together under President Trump.