The past two weeks have been exhausting. My Twitter/Facebook feeds have been littered with folks (myself included) expressing their fears/distain/disgust with this new Presidential adminstration. There’s no other news than news coming from this adminstration. The week of the Oscar nominations are announced (which you can find here), the United States Government holds hundreds of Muslims up in airports because of a racist executive order with the sole intention to discriminate against Muslims (not to mention that fucking wall officially being announced). The week that SXSW announces their film lineup (which you can find here), the President criticizes a reality T.V. show, hangs up on the Australian P.M. because he got his feelings hurt, and the never-ending saga of having a psychopath run the Education department continues.
This news continues to dominate both my life and everyone else’s, and it’s been very difficult to move on. We can’t really move on, to be honest with you. I’d love to just keep writing about the Oscars and what to expect from SXSW (which I will, don’t get me wrong), but it’s incredibly hard to focus on many of these things. The news currently happening in the world is starting to intersect with my line of work. Asghar Farhadi won’t be able to attend the Academy Awards later this month for his film The Salesman due to this Muslim ban. All these executive orders and the actions of the presidency effect all of us, whether we want to admit it or not.
During his opening night show in Australia last week, Bruce Springsteen voiced his support for the women’s marches happening all around the United States and even the marches occurring in Melbourne and around the world “…who rallied against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, healthcare, and immigrant rights.” He ended his speech proclaiming to the crowd “We are the new American resistance”.
Many of you know that I’m a huge fan of The Boss for his music and how it’s helped me out in dark periods of my life (more on that here), but I got into Bruce’s music through his political activity. I became a huge fan once he started campaigning heavily for Barack Obama reelection campaign in 2012, and the rest is history. My love of Bruce began with his outspoken political beliefs, and my love for him grew even more than it already has with this speech. We are the new American resistance, and we’re not going to let this President or his administration bring us down.
When it was reported that the President used to phrase “bad hombres” once again when describing the crime problem in Mexico to the Mexican president over a phone call, I shared a photo of myself with my old friend Thomas (it’s the header image). We’re about 3 or 4 in this photo. I think there was a parade going through our South Austin neighborhood at this time. A good chunk of the friends I had in this neighborhood were Hispanic (Thomas included), as well as other families. They were all terrific people who had worked very hard to get to where they are today. When the President speaks about “bad hombres”, is he talking to little Thomas and myself? Do we look like we could harm somebody?
I ask this because this Presidency is continuing to deliver fear-mongering speeches and executive orders that could make a majority of Americans hate/fear Hispanics or Muslims, just because of the actions of a few. I refuse to let that happen. This is why the last few posts on this site have been focused on recent headlines. I am a member of the press, and if the President (or rather his chief counsel) tells the press to “keep its mouth shut”, he’s going to have a hard time with that one.
I’ll continue to protest and write. The pen can often be mightier than the sword, and I plan on using this weapon as much as I can for the foreseeable future. I will still write about movies as it is the primary focus of this website (SXSW is about to star up in a month so that will start to consume my life very soon), but I have a promise that I made to you several months ago that I plan on keeping. In my piece titled “The Morning After”, in which I wrote about the aftermath of this election, I ended it by telling you:
“I will get back to this routine that I’ve been doing for nearly eight years now, but it won’t be the same as before. My writing will probably become more political as the (redacted) administration goes along. As a nation, we now mourn, but we have the power to stand strong together in opposition against this man if his administration is believed to be as bad as previously imagined. If I lose followers because of this piece, then good riddance. But I won’t allow my country to fall into the pit that it could potentially fall into. I love it and its people too damn much.”
The same sentiment applies to this day. If you feel that I must “stick to movies” and that I need to “keep my mouth shut”, I’m sorry but I can’t do that. If the industry I’ve covered for nearly a decade is doing the exact same thing that I’m doing, then I’m more than happy to follow in their footsteps. We are the new American resistance, and resisting will become a reoccuring theme on this website for the forseeable future.
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