I was utterly shocked last week, I couldn’t believe what I was reading, what I was seeing and what I was hearing.
It made me sad and angry and feeling like something needed to be said.
I’m sure by now we’ve all heard about the new movie, “A Dog’s Purpose.” If you haven’t, it’s this new movie that’s being released that everyone was super excited about. That was until a video was released earlier last week accusing the cast and crew of abusing the dogs on set.
People did the appropriate thing and were distraught. They shared the video as much as they could, posting statuses and making sure everyone knew just how outraged they were about this movie. They encouraged others to make sure they boycott the movie and that people keep sharing the video so that this evil could be revealed.
Now, I don’t have any problem with protecting animals and making sure they are safe and well cared for. I’m all for animal rights.
What I do have a problem with is how shallow our society is.
You see, we only talk about the easy things.
We only voice our opinions about the subjects that aren’t really that deep.
We only boycott things that are easy to boycott, things that won’t give us that feeling of FOMO if we actually avoid it.
We only get outraged on things that don’t really matter or effect us and we hide and try to forget about the things that really matter because we’re too afraid it might hurt us if we dig up the deep stuff.
The Superbowl is happening on February 5 this year. Thousands of people are traveling to the game, watching it on their own TV or throwing parties to celebrate the event.
While these people are celebrating, there are also hundreds probably even thousands of people hurting. These people are the men, women and children who are being trafficked during the event.
While there are no concrete numbers, it is a fact that human sex trafficking increases anywhere from 30% to 300% during the Superbowl. For better understanding, an average amount of ads on a sex trafficking website is 58 on a given day. During the Superbowl, however, this number increases to 150 ads on a given day (find the stats here).
These stats are shocking and heartbreaking and unacceptable but does anybody talk about them? Does anybody post outraged statuses about the Superbowl? Better yet, does any large group of people decide to boycott the Superbowl all together until this issue is solved?
Of course not. That would be too hard, we would miss out on too much.
I’m not trying to devalue the fight against animal abuse and I’m not justifying it either. But we can’t ignore the things that might cut us deep either.
We need to be a people who wins the fight against this evil, we need to solve these issues and rescue the men and women caught up in it.
We need stop whining and actually do something about it.
So then, this is my challenge to us;
Let’s be a generation that tackles the hard issues and takes them down.
Let’s be a generation that cleans messes instead of just sweeping them under the rug.
Let’s be a generation that stands up for the rights of our fellow humans.
Let’s be a generation that loves and loves and loves.