On Sunday, Mya sang the national anthem with a masked singer in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. A week earlier, she performed the song in a crowd at the White House, which sparked a Twitter storm.
The video of the performance was seen by more than 100 million people and was viewed by millions more on YouTube.
But the video, which has since been removed, sparked a social media backlash, with some calling the video sexist, and some calling for Mya’s parents to take action against the video’s creators.
“She’s been performing in public without a mask,” Mya wrote in a tweet.
“The only reason she can get away with it is because she’s a woman.
And I’m not saying she’s wrong for performing in a mask.”
Mya said she had been asked to remove her mask and dress for the concert, but the family is still considering what they can do to “protect her from further ridicule and backlash.”
The singer’s parents, both of whom are white, said they weren’t surprised by the backlash.
“Mya was just an ordinary kid who wanted to be part of something big,” Myacson said.
“I don’t think anyone’s going to call her a racist or a bigot, but that video is going to be seen by millions.”
They said they were also worried about their daughter’s safety.
“It was very scary to have this kind of attention, but I also think it’s very important to us that we stay safe, and it’s important to the whole family that we do,” Mycson said, adding that he wanted to make sure his daughter was “protected from further backlash and abuse.”
I was very worried that Mya and her family would be targeted for criticism, Myacons said.
We were very worried about my daughter and her safety.
Mya was wearing a mask and was just doing what anyone else would have done.
— Mya (@mya_lindsey) March 20, 2019 I don’t know how to make people stop making fun of my parents, but what we do know is that they have been incredibly supportive of our daughter, and we want them to do the same.
Myacon said they are working to get the video removed from YouTube, and have launched a fundraising campaign to help cover Mya to the tune of $50,000.
“We just want them [the parents] to understand that we care about them and we’re willing to give them the support that they need,” Mylson said of their daughter.
“If they can show that they care, then they’re going to get their money back.
I want to be able to support them financially, but they want to know that we want to help them.”
Myacón added that the family had been contacted by some people who had “threatened” to “sue” them over the video.
“That’s not something that I think is right,” Myaccion said.
I think we’ve reached a point where it’s time for the public to see my parents and my family as human beings, and that’s what we want.
— Iammya (@iammya) March 19, 2019 “My mother and father are really not afraid of what people are going to say about them,” Myalon said.
They were actually excited when the video went viral.
“But then I think they got the impression that we had some kind of vendetta against them,” she said.
Myaclson added that he hoped to get his daughter “back in the spotlight,” but would not speculate on how that might happen.
“There’s a whole world out there that loves my parents,” he said.
It’s just the nature of the internet.
And it’s really hard to make this kind, normal, person feel unsafe.
I am so grateful to have my parents as my best friends.
— Idam (@Idam_Iam) March 21, 2019 It’s been a long journey for Myacones family, who said they plan to get married in the near future.
“He and I will finally have a family,” Myaclons mother said of Mya.
“They have been our best friends since we were kids, and I want them both to be happy and healthy.
We want to give my mom and dad a happy and successful life together.”
Myaclones father, who is also white, has been in the entertainment industry for decades.
His daughter has a bachelor’s degree in film production from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Myaccons mother, meanwhile, is an art teacher and a social studies teacher at an elementary school in Seattle.
Mylons father is also an actor and producer.
“Our entire family is grateful for the support and love from our friends, family, fans and the public,” Myas family said in a statement to ABC News.