SAN FRANCISCO. Filipino-American singer and American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez said she was not going to silent anymore and took a knee after singing the Star-Spangled Banner at an Oct. 15 NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.
Taking the knee during the playing of the American national anthem has become the most controversial peaceful protest after Pres. Donald Trump called it “disrespectful” and criticized the NFL for not punishing protesting players.
Sanchez, 22, was the latest singer to take a knee during or after a performance at NFL games.
“It’s something that I stand for, that I believe in. I feel like I’ve always been very quiet about how I felt, and my opinions about things like this. And… ever since that ended and people have been giving me crazy feedback. It’s pushed me even more to have a voice and be a part of the conversation. I realize I do have a voice and this is what I stand for. I don’t want to be quiet anymore,” she explained on her Facebook wall.
“I hope you don’t see it as disrespectful because it’s not disrespectful.”
Sanchez, who is from San Diego, was 15 when she finished 2nd in American Idol’s Season 11 in 2012. Her mother hails from Bataan and her father is a Mexican-American from Texas.
She has visited the Philippines several times and had her first solo concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in February 2013.