Society has reached the sad point that many people think themselves brave or controversial for stating an opinion shared by everyone in the room.
The MTV Awards have come and gone (in case you were unaware) and like many televised awards shows of the last several years, the show was filled with entertainers using their public platform to express their political views. Host Katy Perry made a not-so-subtle suggestion that America today was no different than the society in The Handmaid’s Tale. This fact may have slipped past your attention. Whereas once upon a time it was shocking to see such things—as when Marlon Brando sent up a Native American woman during the Oscars to discuss the plight of her people—nowadays hardly any acceptance speech passes at a television, film, or music awards show without some actor, producer, or singer delivering prepared remarks on this or that topic of the day. Such political posturing and preaching thus has become rather pedestrian.
It’s the odd phenomenon described by G.K. Chesterton, that a society reaches a point where people think themselves brave or controversial for stating an opinion shared by everyone in the room, as the man in the bar who says, “I suppose I’m being quite heretical,” and then looks around for applause. Contrary to the hysterical claims of the Twitter accounts of certain celebs, for all its many problems, if our nation had truly fallen into a dictatorship, they would be whisked off stage the moment they uttered a word against the regime, or their door broken down the minute they clicked “Post” on their latest Facebook status. The very fact that they are allowed to protest puts the lie to their protest.
Do not mistake me to say that these people are not entitled to publicly express their opinions. Of course they are, as anyone is. But why has this opinionated proliferation occurred? Why are athletes being encouraged to “speak out,” and journalists claiming they need to set aside objectivity, and Taylor Swift being pilloried for not being overtly political?
Read more at Catholic World Report – http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/10/02/in-an-age-of-pushy-politics-why-shy-away-from-proclaiming-the-faith/