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A Voice for the Voiceless
People love celebrities—actors, athletes, comedians, authors, and more—until they do something outside of their expected job description. The second these celebrities act human, however, the world is ready to rip them apart.
Whether quietly kneeling on the side of a field or eloquently expressing their opinion in an awards speech, why is it we can’t handle that these famous individuals—who in our minds exist only to serve their singular purpose of entertainment—might have thoughts and feelings as well?
After Meryl Streep delivered her powerful speech at the Golden Globes, she was berated by the president himself, who chimed in among the many voices condemning the actress for “turning the night political” or using her platform to express a political opinion.
Indeed, I say these actors and other celebrities are perhaps the best equipped to relay these messages and remind us all of our own humanity. These are the role models of millions of fans, fans who can hear their bold message and learn to speak up for themselves, or at least to know where they have friends and allies. A celebration of the arts is the perfect place for a celebration of democracy and equality— as well as for a much-needed reminder that we cannot let anybody take that democracy away.
Bad things happen when good people say nothing. Thankfully we have beautiful speakers like David Harbour, Taylor Schilling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, and more to stand up in the face of oppression and deliver their much-needed words to all of us.
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