Modern Politics

by: Alyssa Ruffolo

While many people believe that public figures such as movie stars and musicians should leave their political views out of the press and focus on their work, I have to disagree. I believe that if I had the power to speak to many people and make a difference, I would express my feelings if I felt it was necessary to make an impact about a certain issue. I am not a very opinionated person, but certain issues need to be discussed and brought to peoples’ attention for the betterment of the future.

When Meryl Streep made her speech regarding President Trump at the Golden Globes, I believe she started a movement. She was not afraid to bring politics into a ceremony like that, and soon after, many other stars followed in her footsteps in their speeches. It takes great confidence to make a political move like Streep’s and risk losing the respect of co-workers, fans and just your overall popularity. A similar action which eventually earned her the Medal of Freedom was that of Ellen DeGenerous. When she came out and told the world that she was homosexual, she risked her career. After years passed, she was able to remain popular and maintain her image, but this was a huge risk especially at the time that she revealed this information about herself. Setting an example like this impacts thousands of viewers and fans.

Many people disagree with Roger Waters’ choice to include anti-Trump propaganda in his performances. In his recent shows, he has included special effects during the song titled “Pigs” implying that Donald Trump is a pig. He includes direct quotes from Donald Trump degrading people according to their race or gender.

These bold actions are important to recognize and analyze. I believe that if the President of the United States is choosing Twitter as his main mode of communication to the American people, any tweets directed toward him, any commentary on his social media accounts, are fair game. I also believe that he deliberately involves himself in the public by making bold, opinionated statements on social media for the whole world to see, to antagonize the masses.

Recently Seth Rogan put out a tweet that was a screenshot of his direct message to Donald Trump Jr. It reads, “Hey man! It’s Seth. Your father is trying to discredit our media, collude with Russia, and destroy the environment. It would be super cool of you to be like, ‘yo, dad, why don’t you stop all this and go back to being just a guy on TV.’ The majority of the world would be pretty psyched. Thanks!!!”

While this may seem like a joke, this has all become a reality. It is a reality that our President reaches out to the public through a brief text over the internet rather than formally speaking at press conferences. The audience he is reaching consists of people who have phones/social media. While this may seem like something everyone has access to, Trump’s choice to communicate in this way excludes specific groups of people. Individuals who are older, if they have phones, still may not know how to navigate social media accounts like Twitter and therefore will not have access to this information. Also, the hundreds and thousands of Americans who do not own a phone or have access to a Twitter account are also missing out. Televisions are widely owned and exist in many public areas where virtually anyone would be able to view the President’s speech if he chose to speak and relay information the traditional way. People like actors/actresses and famous musicians may have an opinion for/against President Trump, but these days that is a privilege. Many people who are older and people who have issues navigating or limited access to the internet may barely know anything about the President and his choices in how he runs our country. This is not fair and changes need to be made.

originally posted: 2/27

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