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Since the politically traumatic events (and all other traumatic events) of 2016, we have seen a rise in celebrity ‘uprisings’, for lack of a better phrase, and consequently an increase of criticism of those celebrities who are getting more involved in politics. Artists such as Meryl Streep using their significant platforms, such as an acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, to speak out against a new far-right political climate that is emerging across the globe and are now being criticized for doing so, being told to know their limits and to stay within their industry. All I can say to that is:
But the use of a public platform doesn’t just apply to big name actors and singers etc. It should apply to anyone who can have any sort of influence through their public platform. And that includes us, bloggers.
I have no problem with bloggers who choose not to make their blogs political, that’s not for everyone, but if they have some sort of opinion on anything that’s going on currently, especially with the worrying events that could (read: will) have damaging effects on our world (*cough* Trump *cough* Brexit *cough*), they should at least mention something about their opinion on one of their social media platforms – it doesn’t have to be a full-length blog post.
Bloggers and other people will significant amounts of influence both online and IRL should use their voices to educate their audiences, who, in the case of many YouTubers, can be quite impressionable (that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can lead to ignorance if people don’t treat them with respect). Education is key at a time like now, as any ignorance can be stifled by further understanding and widened knowledge.
I know it may not seem significant in the bigger picture, but every little action and its subsequent impact could have the potential to change someone’s views and open their minds for the better. Education and awareness are key to a healthier democracy and more accountable governments.
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