Celebrities blocked for their silence on war

Celebrities blocked for their silence on war
Celebrities blocked for their silence on war

No star is safe. The hashtags #celebrityblocklist, #letthemeatcake and #blockout encourage people to unfollow and block their idols on TikTok and Instagram. It is a way of denouncing their silence in the face of what is happening to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. It would also be a way to deprive them of the income and attention they get from social media.

This trend has been around for a while. But it really took off last week, after the Met Gala. Now all the stars who participated in this extravagant party are being targeted.

What is the Met Gala?

Every year, on the first Monday in May, this VERY anticipated evening in the fashion world takes place in New York. It’s an ultra-photographed event, open only by invitation to certain big stars. They still have to pay more than $100,000 Canadian for a ticket! If this evening is so popular, it is because it always allows you to admire dresses, each one more incredible than the last.

We talked to you about it here and here.

What is the connection between the Met Gala and the war in Gaza?

On the same day as the Met Gala, tens of thousands of Palestinians fled the city of Rafah, which the Israeli army threatened to bomb. This contrast between gala and war does not pass for many people.

They feel great discomfort seeing rich and famous people partying, while families suffer from the war. They find this to be insensitive, while almost the entire population in Gaza is at risk of starvation.

It is also, according to them, a sign that the stars are disconnected from the reality of “normal” people. For example, $100,000 (the price of a ticket to the Met Gala) is more than the annual salary of the majority of the population.

And you, what do you think of all this?

This whole story raises two important questions: Can we party and have fun when, elsewhere on Earth, there are populations who are suffering? Or should we prevent ourselves from experiencing festive moments out of respect for them?

I talked about it with my philosopher colleague Gilles, who, as you know, loves questions. But before sharing his thoughts with you, we would both like to know your opinion.

What do you think about it? Can we party even when there are unhappy people elsewhere? Or is that a problem? Share your ideas in the comments. Try, with your words, to give reasons that come to mind.

Gilles will take the time to read all your responses. Some will be used in the text he will publish in a few days. Thanks to you, Gilles will then be able to address these big questions!

As you know, at As de l’info, we are convinced that you are curious and intelligent young people. And intelligence is like a good meal, it’s even better when it’s shared!

To answer, go to the As de l’info website!

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