From Katy Perry’s armband to Busta Rhymes’s condemnation of “President Agent Orange,” the Grammys were filled with political statements. But it looks like the most surprising statement might have been the one that made the most impact.
After walking the red carpet in a dress emblazoned with “Make America Great Again” and President Trump’s name spelled out in rhinestones, singer Joy Villa’s album sales quickly skyrocketed.Image Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images
The singer’s EP titled “I Make the Static,” quickly soared following her red carpet appearance. Fox News reported that Villa’s EP had jumped to number seven on the iTunes top album chart and number one on Amazon.
As of writing, the EP has moved up to number two on iTunes and still holds the number one spot on Amazon. Villa wasn’t nominated for any awards on Sunday night, but her EP is now higher on those charts than the albums of many of those who were, including Beyoncé and Adele.
Many Trump supporters took to Twitter to support Villa and encouraged others to purchase the EP to show their support:
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) February 13, 2017
— Shelley (@smp0711) February 13, 2017
Villa took to Instagram after the ceremony to discuss her motivation for making a statement on the red carpet:
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Go big, or go home. You can either stand for what you believe or fall for what you don't. Above all make a choice for tolerance and love. Agree to disagree. See the person over the politics, carry yourself with dignity, always. Life is made to be lived, so go boldly and give no effs! ?❤️????⭐️?✨ #love #peace #joyvillagrammys #joyvilla #maga #grammys2017 #style #supportamerica #
The post gave a stinging response to anyone who may have criticized Villa for her beliefs, saying:
“Go big, or go home. You can either stand for what you believe or fall for what you don’t. Above all make a choice for tolerance and love. Agree to disagree. See the person over the politics, carry yourself with dignity, always. Life is made to be lived, so go boldly and give no effs!”
The designer of Joy Villa’s dress also spoke out. Andre Soriano, a Filipino immigrant, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the dress he made for Villa, saying:
“We all live on this planet. I’ve never been in the political arena. However, it’s just so crazy that people are getting beat up because they voted for Trump, or this and that, someone wants to bomb the White House. I am an American, I moved here from the Philippines, and I highly believed in the trueness of what this country can bring. It’s about bringing people together, that’s the message.”
Rather than speak directly about the politics of the message, Soriano described it as a message of unity and love for America:
“I love this country. I’m from the Philippine islands, I am a proud American. I really love this country. I am a minority, Joy is black. America is about immigrants.”
Political statements are common at awards shows, but it’s rare to see one in favor of a Republican. In a time where more celebrities are delving into political discourse, Joy Villa’s dress stands out as one of the boldest statements in the entertainment industry.