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A Call to Arms for Flunkies Everywhere

January 10, 2017

74th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Season 74Somewhere in my upbringing, I was taught to avoid discussions of politics and religion, unless you know the listener agrees with your views. I used to think that was really sage advice. I mean I can’t think of one time that someone has swayed me on a political or religious issue. People form their own beliefs and there’s usually little you can do to change their minds. It is a total waste of time and energy to try to do so.

However, with the advent of social media, people have no trouble spouting off the first thing that comes to their mind, in writing, to thousands of other people who they may or may not even know. And God forbid you don’t agree with these keyboard warriors, for the gates of Hell shall open and a wrath of faceless trolls will descend upon you and suck the very life breath from you via the Interwebs. Because of that mob mentality, now I think it’s more important than ever to speak up, especially when it seems you are in the minority.

I guess Meryl Streep made some comments at some awards show about a certain someone who shall remain nameless. I don’t watch the awards shows because I don’t enjoy them. But I guess a lot of other people do and then proceeded to get their knickers in a knot about her comments. Those people then turned to social media to blast her, sometimes with very lengthy commentary, about why nobody gives a shit about what celebrities think. I’ll agree with that…to a point. I don’t give a shit about what celebrities think. I don’t base my opinions or actions on what a celebrity might say.

But don’t you think it’s rather hypocritical to rant about another person’s “rant”? You’re basically saying, “Don’t listen to her! Listen to me!” It’s the stuff that playground fights are made of, and quite frankly a much too commonly accepted behavior. You don’t have to agree with Ms. Streep, but she is well within her rights to state her opinion, just as you are to state yours. I listened to her speech after the fact, and I have to say all I saw was an eloquent, impassioned, heart-felt plea to her fellow human beings to embrace the differences that exist in our society, to be empathetic to our fellow human beings, and to stand up and fight against the wrongs you see being committed against others. What’s so bad about that?

Honestly, I can’t think of a more important message that needs to be vocalized right now. Regardless of your political or religious standing, those are things we as humans should be doing. Take away the fact that she’s a celebrity. Take away that fact that she is “liberal” (what the fuck does that mean anyway?). Take away the fact that she is a woman. Take away every  fact that makes you want to disregard her message, and what are you left with?

I’ll tell you what you’re left with. You are left with a message of love and acceptance of our fellow human kind given by a person who has a long and accomplished career in their field, who used the time allotted to them when being honored with a lifetime achievement award, to engage in a discussion about doing right by those we share this planet with and holding those who lead our nation accountable.

If that’s what being a flunky means, then by all means, I will strive to be a flunky, too.



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