What We Can Learn About Social Activism From Young Hollywood Celebrities

Can we please have the same energy in the Philippines?

It’s the elections in the United States and young Hollywood celebrities and personalities are speaking up on social media in hopes to influence their fans to vote.

This year’s US elections could make or break Donald Trump’s second term for the presidency. But this election cycle is about so much more than Trump or the White House. That’s why celebrities and personalities are actively campaigning for their fans to vote.

“For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.” Taylor Swift once said during the last election. And while you might be thinking about how it doesn’t necessarily affect you as a Filipino citizen, there’s a lot to be learned here. In this election, Americans also have to vote for the local and state candidates who support the issues they believe in. They have to vote for the ballot amendments relevant to their lives. They have to vote for their community, their family, their friends, for clean air and water, for control over their body, for love over hate. They vote because so many in power don’t want them to exercise their rights. And this is something we are experiencing, too.

While there are flaws in America’s two-party system, they are urged to cast a ballot anyway. Because that’s the only way to keep working toward the world they want to live in.

“If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues,” Rihanna said.

“You have to remember how much blood, sweat, and tears… and marching… and strength went into allowing you to vote. So there’s probably a reason why they did that. It probably means that it’s something you should be doing,” Zendaya wrote.

“Let’s show up in any and every way possible and remember that we vote for not only ourselves but for ‘all of our sons and daughters’ and every layer & intersection of identity,” Yara Shahidi said.

Even the smallest positions could have a big impact on our own country’s future. Elections are done so we could have the chance to correct the mistakes our administration has made, and it starts with educating ourselves about the running candidates’ competence. It starts by assessing their qualifications, and most importantly, it starts when we participate in ourselves by voting.

We, as a society, have the power to challenge the corrupt status quo. So while it’s still early, register to vote for the 2022 elections. Tap here to know more. The last day of voter registration is on September 30, 2021.