You might remember Jackie Evancho, the relatively unknown, teenaged classical singer who somehow agreed to sing the national anthem at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Now, she’s getting a TLC special about her family.
“Growing Up Evancho” will reportedly “go behind the scenes with Jackie and the Evancho family” in a one-hour special that will air August 9. But the special, instead of focusing on Jackie, will actually hone in on her older sister Juliet, who is trans. The story follows Juliet as she prepares to move out of her parents’ house, become a model, and use the platform to talk about Trump and transgender rights.
When Jackie Evancho was first announced to perform at the inauguration she defended her decision by saying it was “about the honor and not about the politics... I try my best to stay out of politics.” But once Trump made it clear, in a move that should have surprised no one, that transgender rights were not something he was going to advocate for during his presidency, Evancho began to speak up about how disappointed she was. “u gave me the honor 2 sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rghts” she tweeted at the President, which we all know is unfortunately the best way to get his attention.
That meeting still hasn’t happened, probably because Trump still doesn’t know who Jackie Evancho is (sorry, girl). The special then is maybe the only platform Juliet and her family has. But maybe Trump will tune in? God knows he loves television.