The singer performing at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration was met with hateful remarks about her transgender sister.
Jackie Evancho, 16, told People that she and her family are on the receiving end of online bullying — particularly after her invite to the presidential inauguration was shared with the world.
“My family is kind of a big target. I have a transgender sister and so a lot of hate goes towards us,” Evancho told People.
Evancho’s sister, Juliet, is currently suing a Pennsylvania school district over their discriminatory bathroom policy. The entire Evancho family has been advocating for transgender rights in order to support Juliet, and Jackie herself said she is “incredibly proud’ of her sister for coming out.
The fact Jackie has a transgender sister led to numerous comments from mainly anti-Trump users, who were writing as if they were on her sister Juliet’s side.
“The really ironic part of this is that the man you will be singing 4 is totally against the lifestyle choice of your sister,” one user wrote.
“What are you thinking? You are going to sing at the inauguration and your sister is transgender? Think of your family first!” another added.
Several other Twitter users were confused by Jackie’s choice to perform for the president-elect.
“It’s strange she’d perform 4 someone whose entire team is anti-LGBT & her sister is transgender! That’s all,” a third user wrote.
Former fans of the opera prodigy said they would be throwing her albums in the trash since she is performing for Donald Trump on Jan. 20.
The teenager, who rose to fame by performing on “America’s Got Talent” at just 10 – says her family has done their best to ignore the commentary.
“I also get a lot of love,” she told People. “We pay most attention to that.”