Chonda Pierce, ‘Queen of Clean,’ Responds to ‘Angry Haters’ About Her Inaugural Appearance
Following her decision to participate, the comedienne received a hateful backlash of comments on social media.
Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, The Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood, DJ RaviDrums and The Frontmen of Country will be performing at Donald Trump’s inaugural welcome concert this week. Also performing around town at a series of inaugural events will be Christian comedienne Chonda Pierce. Unfortunately, Pierce has been hit with a flurry of hate posts since her participation was announced.
After Pierce accepted the opportunity to headline the Inauguration and participate in several events, “angry haters” came out of the woodwork. Pierce responded on Facebook that it was about being a patriot more than being a performer:
TO ALL THE ANGRY HATERS: Yep! I’m going to the Inaugural! I would have gone if Obama asked me. I would have gone if Hilary asked me. But they didn’t. (And I rarely agreed with them on anything.) And btw, their checkered past plays no part in my discussion or decision. Neither does yours or mine. So, yes … I am going. I go because I love America. I am a Patriot. I respect the process and the Office. I may never even see the President. I may never even get close enough to anyone to snap a picture. But I’m going. My performance may never make the news, the tabloids or the history books. But I’m going. I don’t need your agreement, your filthy language or even your blessing. I am going because at some point in life you must put aside your opinion, your politics and your anger and remember we are ALL Americans and thousands have died so that I might have the freedom to disagree, vote, protest and even dance at fancy parties.
Pierce told FOX411 that she was “very honored” to be asked to perform at the inauguration and didn’t really have to think about it. “I was like, ‘Yes.’ I don’t have a Trump T-shirt but [the inauguration] is the epitome of our democracy. This is the showcase of what we get to do as American citizens — to vote and that peaceful passing of power that we pray it will be.”
Pierce thought about American soldiers serving the country regardless of political beliefs and that impacted her decision: “I would have gone if President Obama or Hillary Clinton had asked, but they didn’t invite me,” she said.
Action News 5 reported that Pierce will attend the Inauguration, the Inaugural Ball and the Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral.
Many performers have turned down Trump’s request to appear or backed out of the gig — and while Pierce said that’s their right, “…the Southern girl in me wants to go ‘Chicken! Bawk, bawk, bawk!'” She realizes, though, that tensions will be running high. Pierce recounted how when asked what she’d be wearing to the inaugural festivities, she answered, “whatever is washable because someone might throw eggs at me!”
The importance of her role as a Christian entertainer is not lost on Pierce: “I’m a person of faith and I believe God gave me this platform for a reason.”