Singer and actress Marie Osmond said she doesn’t “get political,” but the popular performer also believes it’s essential for the country to unite, addressing some of the intense divisiveness observed of late.
Osmond, who made her remarks after Yahoo! Finance asked if she and her brother, Donny, would consider performing at president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration as they did for Ronald Reagan in 1981, made it clear she believes America needs healing.
“I think when it comes to our country we need to unite and to not support our president, I think, is wrong,” Osmond said. “I think we should all support … whether we are happy or sad or anything else. This is America.”
Osmond also noted that her own eight children are all incredibly diverse; some are Democrats, Republicans and everything else in between, yet they all treat one another with respect.
“I have eight of the most unique children ever and they all respect each other’s different beliefs,” she said, using that example to explain why she thinks dividing Americans — just as dividing her own kids based on their beliefs — is wrong.
Osmond continued, “We should come together and I think an inauguration should be a time to unite, it really should.”
Watch her comments below:
While numerous outlets focused on the narrative that Osmond is willing to perform at Trump’s inauguration, she later clarified that she will be on vacation during the Jan. 20 festivities and will, thus, be unavailable.
And, unfortunately, the initial comments she made about unifying were overlooked in some of the headlines. A simple Google News search shows that some outlets, instead, decided to focus on her purported claim that she would perform rather than her overarching message about the need for the country to come together.
Osmond’s comments about uniting as a nation follow a string of A-list celebrities who have declined invitations to perform at Trump’s inauguration.
In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported this week that there’s a “growing list” of well-known celebrities who simply refuse to take part, noting that Moby, Charlotte Church and others have apparently turned down invites.
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