Below is Emma Watson’s “He for She” campaign speech. If you haven’t seen it yet it’s a worthwhile 8 mins of perspective. As she said,
“How can we effect change when only half is invited?” …
“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.”
She does a great job in helping reset perception, open the door for conversation, validate both sides, and convey a strong message for change. All the components that make for a great ambassador.
As Macklemore said in his popular song “Same Love” that will ring true in spite of the generations of people delusional about any inequality they thinks is “right” or “appropriate” at any particular time – be it race, economics or gender bias – it’s simple:
“It’s human rights for *everybody*, there is no difference!”
Sure, we could say “who are these entertainers think they are?”. But I think it’s more important that we appreciate their choice to use their influence for good, to support those around us for their basic civil rights, and most importantly giving us a moment to ask ourselves,
“maybe it’s time it I spoke out and influenced change to help those around me too.”