“The revolution starts here.”
It appears that many think that we (as a country) are heading into a tumultuous time. Indeed, only time will tell whether that viewpoint becomes fact or not. The cause of these allegedly turbulent times is said to stem from this nation’s election of our 45th President, who was just inaugurated this past Friday, on January 20.
We are not questioning that election nor are we predicting what will happen under this president’s watch nor are we critical of any policies of the new administration. Instead, questions like that are more properly before political analysts who are more informed on the subject of politics and societal issues. However, what we are questioning is whether or not artists and celebrities should be at the forefront of leading protests and political movements in response to the allegedly impending political and societal strife.
Case in point was Madonna’s “performance” at the “Womens’ March on Washington” which took place on January 21 in Washington, D.C. In case you missed it, here’s a portion of what the pop icon had to say.
According to their website, the organizing body (also called the Women’s March on Washington) advocates this mission:
“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
Madonna’s speech speaks for itself however, one could objectively take issue with some of the undertones (express and implied) in the speech. In fact, apparently Madonna herself did because she immediately resorted to Instagram to clarify certain things that she said in her speech. Here is Madonna’s Instagram post:
Yesterday’s Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did. However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context. My speech began with ” I want to start a revolution of love.” ♥️ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love. It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting “we choose love”. ♥️♥️♥️♥️ #revoltutionoflove♥️#revolutionoflove♥️*******************************************************
So we then pose the question to YOU–the people. Should celebrities and artists–whose success came from their talents and abilities of the mastery of their respective craft or art and not from politics–be leading or speaking at political rallies and movements?
This is certainly not the first time that politics and art have crossed paths and it won’t be the last either. However, the stakes appear higher now. Regardless of what side of the fence you are on arguably everyone is involved in some capacity or another which is exactly what our democracy is all about. However, does that mean that we should have recognizable and influential artists and celebrities spouting irresponsible thoughts of violence which they later confirm they confused for metaphors of love?
You tell us.