Opinion: Politics in Entertainment

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I try to stray from politics in general, because of how much I enjoy the entertainment industry. However, it seems these days, politics is clashing more and more with entertainment these days.

Artists, actresses and actors are constantly using their platforms to voice their stance as activism.

The most recent tragedy, that seems to be an ongoing issue, is that of gun control. We continue to witness mass shootings all over the country, and, of course, nothing is being done about it. The most recent was that of the Parkland shooting, which was is now known as the “Stoneman Douglas High School,” days later, I hear about a shooting in Central Michigan. All of these shootings are taking place because gun control is nonexistent.

During this years’ Oscars, Common used his platform as an artist to be that of an activist. Performing with Andra Day, Common opens up with, “Tell the NRA, they in God’s way..”

Now, originally, I was just going to get the political aspect of this until I saw this video….

Political Commentator, MY girl, Angela Rye goes OFF….as she should have because frankly enough is enough. As with most Republicans mindset behind the President, they will find every excuse as to why something is not done that should be done. It’s insane actually…

I digress, though…that’s where politics and entertainment collide in this situation…

Here’s my take on the whole situation, because as you all know….this is an Op-Ed article.

I have grown somewhat insensitive to hearing about the lives of black people not mattering. More specifically, I have gotten used to the idea that the lives of black Americans have been lost to that of police brutality. I’m used to hearing and seeing about it. I’m used to the verdict, I’m used to no indictment. These are the notions….

I do not, however, want to grow insensitive to these mass shootings, and the need for gun control.
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What does it take or what will it take for an amendment to be pushed forward?! How many lives have to be taken to realize there’s a problem?!  I shouldn’t check my various social media sites, and shrug my shoulders at yet another mass shooting. I, among many other people, don’t have the energy anymore, to exhaust on WHY. SOMETHING. HAS. TO. GIVE!

I tried to make this article sound as logical and less emotional as possible, but the truth is I’m tired. If it’s not one thing in politics, it’s another, and I guess that’s the beauty of it all. I genuinely  pray that both the President and the NRA find a solution before someone else has the time to plot on other lives being taken…


Author: Simone D. Roy

I am an aspiring TV Host, practicing blogger, and "thinker-outlouder". I love God, I love people, and I take an immense amount of pride in being able to tell people's stories deeper than surface level. I am a product of the Frank and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, where I obtained a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, with a minor in political science. I wouldn't change that for the world. Recently, I've decided to take my talents to the entertainment industry, on a larger, more global platform in order to have more of an impact. I thank you in advance for following along with me on my journey! God Bless!

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