If the coronavirus has done one thing, it has accentuated the differences between the 1% and the rest of us.
Over the weekend, Madonna posted a video to her Instagram and Twitter pages, claiming that the disease is the “great equalizer”.
To say that she got called out for her b*llsh*t is an understatement.
While other members of the 1% in Hollywood are doing their part, Madonna sits in a bathtub as roses float by and does nothing.
I have nothing but respect for her as musician and a woman who paved the way for multiple generations of female musicians. However, instead of using her name and influence for good, she is only thinking about herself.
One would have to be living under a rock these days to not see the impact that social media is playing on our lives. This is especially true with young people, who have taken to social media like a duck takes to water.
We live in a world where hate and prejudice are becoming not only more prevalent, but also acceptable. This year is the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust. When it comes to the Holocaust and other such massacres of minorities because they are different, we often say that to forget history is to repeat it.
As the survivors die due to age and waning health, it up to us to tell their stories and remember those who did not survive. We must also find a way to reach our young people so they can learn the lessons of the past.
Enter the Instagram page, Eva.Stories. The basic question of the account is what if a Jewish young girl living in Nazi occupied Hungary during World War II had Instagram? Based on a true story, Eva is a 13 year old girl who is no different than any other 13 year old girl. But she is living in a world that is becoming increasing hostile to her.
The best way to reach a young person is to speak to them on their level. This Instagram account is the absolute perfect way to speak to the kids today. It is also of paramount importance that we do so, if we are to hopefully prevent the Holocaust or any massacre of that ilk from ever happening again.
Like all good things, our favorite television shows must come to an end. After they end, they fall into one of two categories. In the first category, the show fades into memory as a relic of that time in your life. In the second category, you are still emotionally tied to the show years after it has left the air.
For me, The Lost World, falls into the second category. This year, the small but committed fandom (of which I am a part of) is celebrating the show’s 20th anniversary.
Loosely based (and I mean very loosely based) on the novel of the same name by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World is about a group of explorers who find a world populated by creatures and characters that had only been thought to exist in the imagination.
To celebrate the show’s anniversary, a new Instagram account has been setup to excite the fan base and encourage new viewers to discover the show via Amazon Prime.
For me, The Lost World is and will always be one of my favorite television shows. The writing was amazing, the acting was pure perfection and it was just one of those programs that I will always love.
The conventional political wisdom is that young people are either illiterate about politics or frankly don’t give a sh*t. They are more interested in the latest trends and spending time on their phones.
In this case, conventional wisdom is wrong.
The other day music superstar Taylor Swift publicly announced via Instagram that she is supporting Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, two Democratic nominees who are running for office in Tennessee. As a result, 65,000 citizens registered to vote. Former Presidential candidate and current Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee sniped back via Twitter that 13-year-old girls cannot vote and threw his support behind Marsha Blackburn, Mr. Bredesen’s opponent.
We all know that 13-year-old children cannot vote. But they have older siblings, cousins and neighbors who are of age to vote.
What Mr. Huckabee forgets is the power of young people voting and using their political muscle. If the survivors of the Parkland shooting had not used their collective rage/voice to remind this country of the true cost of gun violence, it would have become just another school shooting that most of us would have forgotten by now.
Young people have the power to change the world, to fix the mistakes of their elders. They also have the ability to vote out any politician whom they believe is not doing the job that voters elected them to do.
While celebrity endorsements, especially of politicians can be a little iffy sometimes, they have the reach that a politician may not have.
I think, perhaps Governor Huckabee would be wise to mind his words, especially if he plans to run again for Governor. He may find out on election day that he is out of a job, because of the young people.