Yet again, one of my posts (NROP: Humanity in Times of Presidential Elections.) went viral. Well, it had to have. Right? How else do you explain the below?
A couple of weeks ago, in that post, I shared with you some of the stories of people who have been torn apart by the Presidential Election in the United States of America.
Apparently, no other than Katy Perry read it because after the Election Day, she posted on her Twitter that people should reach out to their families despite their political differences.
“the first thing I did when the presidency was called is text and call my family members who do not agree and tell them I love them and am here for them. #FamilyFirst. Call your family today. Happy Sunday,” Katy wrote.
One might wonder if she would be so positive if the results were different, but that is besides the point.
Is her sentiment beautiful, or what?
Now, I know families are not perfect. Some of us might have extensive, loving families, while others might love their friends more than any blood relative. Yet, some might not have any family at all… We all have different circumstances. Trust me, I should know.
No matter what my personal story is, I think that what Katy said was amazing. It means that she is able to see past politics, that she is able to see her family members as human beings and not only as political friends or foes. In that tweet, she showed respect for freedom of speech, as well as her kindness. Both are must-have traits for me.
Can you guess what happened when she shared those wise words with the whole world to see?
Your options are:
- Everyone listened, saw the light, and since then, the world has been a better (perfect?) place.
- No one paid attention, because no one cares about what celebrities have to say.
- Many people criticized her.
If you chose no.1, Bless YOU! I wish it was that easy. If you chose no.2, it means you are down to earth, but probably live under a rock. If you chose no.3, then you must know what is up and you have probably been reading my blog for a while.
After Katy’s tweet was posted, all sort of negativity poured in. People were appalled by Katy’s call to action. It angered them. Someone even called the tweet “insensitive” towards those that do not get along with their families. Sure, I can say that it was also insensitive to those who do not have any family. I wonder what is NOT insensitive or offensive these days?
Someone else mentioned that people have different family situations and that “it is important to consider that.” Alright… Keep this in mind the next time you open your mouth to say ANYTHING! People have different circumstances so do not dare say anything that will not be accepted by all! Hey, maybe it is not such a bad idea. If everyone was just to close their mouths, it would be music to my ears! Maybe more would turn to the written word… Back to the topic of this post.
There would not be a controversy without race thrown in there these days. It makes me think of a drinking game. Every time someone accuses someone of being racist or privileged, you drink. Or, better yet, if you cannot drop racism into the conversation, you drink. Feel free to play those games. (If you are of legal age. Remember to never drive after drinking. Do not do anything I would not do… Wait… There are too many disclaimers already. Just – do not sue me for any reason if you play this game. LOL)
Because Katy is white, people called her and her family “privileged.” They said that people of different races could not relate. No, race has nothing to do with how you interact with your family. Why is it easier for white people to get along with people they disagree with? Does that mean that other races are more unruly? I thought we were all the same, human, race. Is that not true? (I was under the impression we wanted to get rid of stereotypes of African-American kids growing up with their fathers in prison.)
Those that were mild in their reactions called Katy an “enabler” and accused her of pretty much being an accessory to a crime by not educating her family (i.e. not changing their minds). Last time I checked, offering (and pressuring) someone a drink was considered enabling, and not simply respecting the fact that they like to drink. You would think that mind control is not a thing, but apparently it is. Katy should have just cast a spell on her family to think in the same manner that she does. Those who refuse to dabble in that sort of black magic will be deemed unworthy.
After additional research, I found out that Katy Perry has a known history of political disagreements in the family, after all. In 2016, she said:
I am rather indifferent to Katy as a person and as an artist. However, as always, I will stand up for what is right and not back down from a fight with what is wrong.
What really upset me was a TikTok video that came up in response to Katy’s message of unity. (I thought people opposing Trump said he divided people instead of unifying them. Well, now that it is their turn what do they do? DIVIDE!) The video is from @moose_0 (Justin something – one of those instant “celebrities.”).
He starts his video by saying that Trump supporters do not “get to” reach out to those who supported Biden, and act as if nothing happened. Well, I guess supporting a specific presidential candidate is the only defining quality about us nowadays. Justin goes on to say that he will never “be cool” with anyone who voted for Donald Trump. It makes me wonder how he approaches people who he has not met before. Is his first question: “Whom did you vote for in 2016 and 2020?”
I hope that you, during this magical Holiday season that is approaching quickly (although I know it does not feel like it with COVID-19 still here), can reconcile with someone who you might have pushed away or shut out for a petty reason. Or maybe they turned their back on you? Rethink the situation. It might be worth reaching out to them after all.
It is the season of thanksgiving, miracles, and joy! We rush to make our bodies ready (decorations, outfits, gifts), but is your mind and soul prepared?
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