Opera singer Jackie Evancho says she's being bullied online after the announcement she would be performing at Donald Trump's inauguration.
"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 magazine.
"But I also get a lot of love. So, we pay most attention to that. Sometimes we get really annoyed with the hate, everyone does, we have to admit it but we just ignore it."
The whole cyber-bullying thing just isn't cool. It's pretty well known that I think the president-elect is a buffoon (I've always thought this- I've been repulsed by the guy since the first time I saw him, back in the 80s), but the bullying thing is bullshit. Grow up, you fucking assholes.
But, hey- you know what's even less cool?
The Southern Poverty Law Center announced yesterday that they'd counted nearly 1100 hate crimes since Trump's election just over a month ago.
In one incident, more than a dozen mosques and Islamic centers around the country received identical letters calling for a Muslim genocide and describing Muslims as "Children of Satan" and "a vile and filthy people."
And the president-elect? Relatively silent. Still. A 10 second sound bite on '60 Minutes' and a blurb in the Wall Street Journal mean fuck-all, considering the people committing these acts wouldn't bother with "mainstream media" (TV) and lack the basic education to be able to read the WSJ.
Even more troubling to me are the sounds of silence coming from his supporters.
You want to convince me that you don't fall into any of the categories that I (and others) ranted about in the days after the election? How about getting off your figurative asses and doing something? Denounce those fuckers. Shout them down. Do it loudly. Do it publicly. Do it in word and deed.
Demonstrate to everyone that you are not racist, xenophobic, homophobic, etc. and that your vote really was because you bought into Trump's pledges to govern without the relying on the input of the same old political asshats (I'll refrain from commenting on that aspect of the post-election news for now) and helping "middle class America."
Demonstrate to everyone that hating, fearing, or ostracizing someone because of the color of the skin, the creator they worship, or the person they love is not okay in your "Great America."
In my Great America, none of those things make a single bit of fucking difference- they're what makes this country strong.