I was not going to post on this topic. Actually my husband tried to encourage me not to think anymore about what has become the social media sensation. I’ve stayed clear of this mega mess of a political campaign. What an embarrassment. Deep deep down inside my core I felt many emotions. These two are the best we as Americans can elect to represent the parties? I guess so.
Moving on to the present. So perhaps you may or may not have voted. Perhaps you did and your vote was a dream come true. Perhaps you voted and you felt stuck between a rock and another rock. Or perhaps you didn’t vote at all. I voted. As I walked into the voting center with my tail between my legs I was nervous and scared. I was wishing I could just walk out and not be seen. Football Superstar felt strongly we go in and vote, and though he disliked (I’m not going to really say what he said) the two academy awarded nominees…..he voted. As I penned in my choice (I so wanted to pen in my pups name) I felt nauseated. Football Superstar drove me home and went to pick up my favorite coffee cafe’s pick – of -the-week. And it didn’t begin with the letter C or T. We then talked for awhile before he headed to the office.
Jumping over the game board. We, the Americans have a new Commander in Chief. We are swarmed with social media banter and criticism. With a glittery touch of celebration.
I’ve not celebrated nor am I swarming you on social media with my views. They are mine and will remain mine – forever and ever. What I will share with you – (and this is where I probably should rethink posting this post) is when did celebrities become our value system? When did an actress or actor become the role model in our homes? In our children’s lives? Sure, celebrities hold a higher ground when it comes to raising their voices – and giving charity support – and maybe at times making sense. But when did we begin to worship these folks of fame? I’m not talking about the young girl crush either. I’m talking about cheering on and Tweeting back or yelling back and being down right nasty – you said this and he said that and she is this…..
Allow me to tell you something about BULLYING. That raw word flows both up and down the stream. With Ms. Streep speaking out (no I didn’t watch the show) against Bullying and Trump Tweeting back I felt as if I was sitting in the center of a Middle School classroom during the morning news. If I could see both Streep and Trump, I would ask them to come spend time (not an hour or just a day) a very long time in a school that is blanketed with hate and bullying. Who’s the adult here? And we….Americans feed into this sh*t!
I’m going to just say it…..Mr. Trump didn’t start hate. It was already in their hearts. Does he never stop with the radical immature comments and behavior – no. Will he? I don’t know. Does Ms. Streep think that her good natured speach the other evening heal what has been done in Chicago? In North Carolina? Does she? I don’t know.
What I do know is I’ve had it with the tennis match of nasty and who has the better behavior. I’ve heard worse come from her mouth. I’m about over what comes out of his mouth.
Hate is in the hearts before it surfaces. Do some have a following – of course. But no matter what hate is in the heart before it surfaces. Don’t fall in the traps of social media and the fabricated stories that are there for our entertainment. Spend time with any social worker or school counselor and their files are piling up. They know first hand what bullying and hate is – what it does to children. Celebrities can help in many ways – but they can also create the damage.
Why are we not trying to be the better? Why does it take a man like Trump, or a woman like Streep or a group of protesters to raise America to it’s potential?
I need to be the role model for my daughters. Not her. Not you. Not them. I will work the best to my ability to show them what it means to be kind, value what you have, love who you are and don’t allow hate to win. Words can be tricky. Be careful of what you do with your words. And who you celebrate.
Oh, only if I could speak directly to Mr. Trump and Ms. Streep….. I’d love to tell them to Shu…..UP! Get up off your expensive deary-reary’s and do what your mouth isn’t doing.
Football Superstar just read over this and said “let it go”. So I decided to sing it “let it go – let it go”.
*disclosure: Public service announcement – before I’m deleted or become the back end of social media – this was not to bully Trump or Streep. They were used as tools. Okay, well maybe not tools, but examples. Okay, maybe not examples….yeah, I guess they were targets of my post. * I had a dream last night that I ran up on the stairs of the Capitol building before inauguration began – I grabbed the microphone and as I started to speak – my voice was that of an auctioneer. I was auctioning off things I had no idea were at an inauguration. *