People are transparent

People are transparent

It’s come to the point in time where it seems every influencer on social media, every actor, every singer and every musician is in agreement with each other on ending atrocities of the world that have been happening for millennia, but I find that hard to believe.

Both the Grammys and the Oscars featured some sort of support for organizations such as Time’s Up even though it was done on a much smaller scale at the Grammys– they paid tribute to the foundation by wearing white roses and fewer participated. However, it was apparent that not all celebrities that displayed their support truly meant it, as shown by what they post on social media and who they associate themselves with. There were people attending those events and preaching of ending sexual harassment and abuse while they still support people like American filmmaker Woody Allen, who has his own fair share of sexual abuse allegations.

As followers of these celebrities, we need to stop supporting these actions and hold them accountable for what they say and do. It’s hypocritical for them to raise awareness for something as important as sexual harassment while not dissociating themselves from those who commit these heinous acts.

Other organizations are not excluded from this abuse. Some well-known influencers promote mental health awareness but participate in activities that contradict such awareness. They show their support for people with depression and anxiety issues but unashamedly smoke constantly while those companies deliberately target anyone with those types of issues.

These types of celebrities are like leeches; they attach themselves to foundations they don’t really care about and suck out any profits they can get in the form of publicity and recognition. The whispers from their pictures on Instagram speak of their dishonesty and hypocrisy, but it seems like no one really cares because they make acceptance speeches for awards dedicated to Times Up and the Me Too foundations. It’s as if what they say in real life completely erases what they post about on different medias.

People shouldn’t be supporting these types of influencers, especially teens who see the things they post and say and perceive it as okay to hide behind lies like that. In this day and age, kids learn what’s acceptable by looking towards popular stars on Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook. When they see people promoting things like a healthy lifestyle but also posts pictures with a cigarette in their mouth, they believe that’s okay.

I’m totally fine with supporting foundations like Time’s Up because I personally believe in what it stands for and works to overcome, but we, as a society, can’t let that be tainted by problematic celebrities who do so for the sole purpose of gaining a larger following.