A member of a Mormon choir due to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration as President has quit in protest.
Jan Chamberlain said she feels “betrayed” by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s decision to sing for the President-elect on January 20.
A number of Hollywood figures, including Elton John and David Foster, have reportedly turned down invitations to perform for Trump.
“It is with a sad and heavy heart that I submit my resignation to you and to Choir,” Chamberlin wrote.
She continued, “I love you all, and I know the goodness of your hearts, and your desire to go out there and show that we are politically neutral and share good will.
“That is the image Choir wishes to present and the message they desperately want to send,” he wrote.
“I also know, looking from the outside in, it will appear that Choir is endorsing tyranny and [fascism] by singing for this man.”
A spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told the Salt Lake City Tribune in a statement that the performance is “voluntary.”
In fact, according to the choir’s website, “All 360 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and all 110 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square are unpaid volunteers.”
Admission to join the choir is audition-based.
Donald Trump claimed in a tweet earlier this month that “so-called A-list celebrities” want tickets to his inauguration, but he wants “the people” to attend instead.
Jackie Evancho, who was a contestant on “America’s Got Talent,” is slated to perform, as are the Radio City Rockettes and possibly the Beach Boys, according to recent reports.
Chamberlin, on Thursday, added her voice to the dissent.
“I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events,” she said.
“I could never look myself in the mirror again with self respect,” she wrote, adding, “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”
Similar sentiments were also shared earlier this month by a member of the Radio City Rockettes who took to Instagram to express “embarrassment” and “disappointment” for the group’s involvement.
“I am speaking for just myself but please know that after we found out this news, we have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts,” she wrote.
American Guild of Variety Artists and Madison Square Garden Company have both since confirmed that the performance is voluntary as well.