In case you hadn’t noticed, the world is falling apart. The President of the United States is literally following in the footsteps of Hitler as we speak. People are being deported and detained. Rights are being systematically stripped. I mean, Trump bloody fired the acting ATTORNEY GENERAL cos she told him he was breaking the constitution.
And yet some bloggers would rather talk about lipstick.
I get it. People need to escape. The world is terrifying right now, and sometimes you gotta switch your brain off. That’s fine. That’s necessary even. Escapism is important and valuable and definitely needed.
But do you know what’s not fine?
Having thousands upon thousands of followers hanging on your every word and refusing to speak up at all.
See, as bloggers – no matter how big or small – we’re privileged. We have audiences who listen to what we have to say. Some of us have so much power that multi-million pound companies want to pay us real-life money to sell their shit. Hell, they don’t call us influencers for nothing.
But with that audience comes responsibility. The responsibility to, y’know, be an actual decent human being.
If you can see hundreds of tweets on your timeline about the abhorrent things Donald Trump is doing and think ‘Nah, not today’, you’re a piece of shit.
If you can see images of black and brown people being detained in airports for no reason other than their ethnicity, and choose not to RT them cos they don’t fit your ‘brand’, you’re a piece of shit.
If you’re actively choosing to stay silent about the current political climate because you’re scared you might lose followers, you’re a piece of shit.
I’m not saying you have to write a blog post detailing every terrible thing Donald Trump has done since he came to power. I’m not saying you even have to tweet your own opinions. What I’m saying is you have a responsibility to use your platform for good. Retweet petitions. Share links to donation pages. Regram pictures from protests.
Cos if you don’t, you’re a piece of shit and you don’t deserve your platform.
Because guess what? Some things in life are more important than lipstick. Human rights are more important than your brand. And if you can’t see that – guess what? You’re a piece of shit.
So please, next time you log into Twitter, take a moment to retweet the voices of people who are doing vital work to save the world from another war. That’s it. That’s all I’m asking you to do. It will literally take you 2 seconds.