Last week, two non-political (read not-Trump) events got public attention. Two famous movie stars played the main role in these events. Ashton Kutcher addressed the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and shared his testimony on human trafficking and child sexual abuse. On the other side, Hollywood veteran Robert De Niro along with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. again publicly raised the question on vaccine safety.
Ashton is fighting human trafficking and child abuse for some time through his organization Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children. He had visited some of the black spots worldwide regarding sexual child abuse such as India, Cambodia, Mexico, Russia, and some USA cities. Trough his cooperation with the FBI he witnessed things that are very disturbing needs urgent reaction. Ashton also fights internet forums and sites that are offering services for so called transitional sex.
Robert De Niro is in the media focus for some time due to his engagement in the general anti-vaccine campaign. Last year he was mention mostly in relation to Vaxxed – a documentary, and dealing with the notorious MMR vaccine (measles/mumps/rubella) and its possible linking to autism. He was under huge pressure from media and influential people and institutions to pull back the movie from Tribeca film festival. Censorship and rejection also followed for another festivals to.
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De Niro has very personal reasons for this fight. For me and I believe for most of the people it’s hard to get the full picture what’s going on and understanding the situation with hundreds of autism cases that appeared after children received this particular vaccine. The attack on the institutions that are obliged to guarantee our safety is not easy for some people to handle.
I will not go into details if his fight (and the fight of the anti-vaccines movement) is justified. One thing is a fact here. He and people like him and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. can make a difference.
I don’t know how much these burning issues are present in the media, but I have a feeling that if these celebrities didn’t stand for it, the whole story would get different dimension. It’s a very interesting phenomenon that whatever famous people do it’s simply virally transferred around world.
There is this verse in the Vedic holy script – Bhagavad Gita (3.20)
“Whatsoever a great man does, that other men also do; whatever he sets up as the standard that the world follows”.
We cannot dispute this fact. It’s been like this forever. The difference is that nowadays famous personalities are not only politicians, kings, priests or members of famous dynasties, but also actors, musicians, sportsmen etc.
We are all witnessing various noble deeds and celebrity activism. If ordinary people want to accomplish something and fulfill their cause, a lot of people need to join and give so much effort. But even then it’s questionable will they get the media’s attention and their massage shared. But it takes only one famous person to calls for a press conference and addresses certain society issue.
How many times we’ve been invited to join and support an initiative on saving something or protest against someone. Those who invited you know how difficult is to find people who will walk by your side and react in public.
It’s seems to me that if we really want to achieve something maybe we should address to and get the attention of celebrities. Because when famous people stand for something the whole world will know about it and react adequately.