People's State of the Union 🦅


What is it?
Celebs have planned a giant party to protest Trump’s 2018 State of the Union (SOTU) Address. Their protest, which will be held the night before the speech, is called ‘The People’s State of the Union’. Famous acts will perform and a few liberal activist celebrities will speak about their ‘positive vision for the future’. Live stream it on FB at at 8 pm ET tonight.

In addition to the ‘People’s State of the Union’ resistance movement, Alyssa Milano and Mark Ruffalo are planning a twitter protest the night of the SOTU Address. The protest is video-oriented, with participants posting a 60 second clip about their dream for America with the hashtag #StateOfTheDream. A nod to the DREAM Act.

The right says that having celebrities “speak for the people” is an oxymoron. They point out that the Hollywood elite can’t understand the effect of a presidential administration on the working class, and celebs are thus unable to represent average citizens. They also call those in charge of leading this rally “anti-Trump” and “limousine liberals”.

The left is supportive of the rally, and calls it an alternative to Trump’s SOTU speech. They focus on the ‘hopeful’ vibes of the event, and on how it ‘unites the people’. The left also notes how this rally is competition for the 2018 SOTU because it includes music by famous artists and speeches by celebrities to ‘empower’ and ‘inspire’.

So is it a good or bad idea?
On the one hand, the goal of The People’s State of the Union is to unite and empower individuals who feel ostracized by the Trump administration, a thoughtful gesture. On the other hand, it is led by celebrities who are disconnected, and may be leading the rally for the wrong reasons - publicity and power. It has the potential to do a lot of good but will depend on what is said and done that night and in the #stateofthedream videos.

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