By Brian Boye, Managing Editor
Political messages are increasingly being discussed in the media and in the public, even spreading to college campuses, where they yield mixed reactions.
Most recently at the Grammys on Jan. 28, singer Camila Cabello discussed her Cuban-Mexican roots and her support of dreamers. Janelle Monae spoke about the #metoo movement when introducing Kesha to the stage. Kesha performed “Praying,” a song that details her life following being sexually assaulted from her former producer Dr. Luke.
Sophomore nursing major Mikayla Baker supports these statements.
“I think during award shows when actors and actresses get up and talk about really powerful messages such as the metoo and empowering women, I think it sends a good message and it’s really powerful and important for people to hear,” she said.
Many Grammy attendees wore white roses in solidarity with the #metoo movement. At the Oscars, many wore black dresses in support of the same cause.
“I think the issues these people talk about don’t get talked about enough and that’s why they feel the need to do it in a public setting,” said Baker.
These stances have been made in the realms of sports as well. Most notably, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started to kneel during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality and racial injustice in 2016.
However this has only been a recent trend, causing some viewers to turn away from awards shows and National Football League (NFL) games due to their increasingly political messages.
Junior Media Management major Kyle Amyot disagrees with Kaepernick’s method.
“I think he knew he had the attention and it was more of a publicity stunt than actually making a change,” said Amyot. “I mean he’s gathering awareness but he could’ve did that in such a better way than doing something against the national anthem.”
The politicization in media has steadily been growing for years, where increasing political polarization has encouraged many to speak out.
Amyot cites social media as fostering the spread. “We all have such access to everything and everybody knows what’s going on and they always will from now on because it’s so quick to us,” he said.
Similar political statements have occurred on college campuses as well. On Jan. 22, anti-immigration flyers were posted around the Fisher campus. President Gerard Rooney made a statement to the college and the flyers were taken down. However, for free speech, Amyot said, “I think that they shouldn’t have been taken down.”
Given their spread, it appears that political messages in the public and the media will continue to be told, with many who support or oppose them.