There's very little I can do but pray for those girls' safe return to their families.
Or I could jump on the hashtag activism freight train with Michelle Obama.
Wednesday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama, took time out of her super busy schedule to post this selfie. (I suppose it's not REALLY a selfie. Leave it to the FLOTUS to hire a professional photographer to capture all of her important PR pictures to help keep her looking professional, yet thoroughly hip.) I suppose she must be trying to look concerned, although to me it comes across as a bit more pouty.
Of course, First Lady Obama isn't the first one to join the celebrity masses to "raise awareness" in a revolutionary form of "slacktivism" (a form of activism rich in psychic rewards and social laurels that doesn't require an individual to actually DO anything of real substance or value).
Behold the many forms of celebrity slacktivism:
|These guys are in on it, too.|
|I almost didn't want to include this one, because...who can criticize Malala? Especially on this topic? But she HAS attained celebrity status, so here ya go!|
I mean, look how moral and caring these individuals are.
While that last comment may ring with sarcasm, I'm not suggesting that these wonderful celebrities aren't caring souls. Perhaps they've cried their own tears and hugged their own daughters. Just don't mistake their hashtag selfies for any real action.
Which brings me back to the First Lady and her pouting lips of concern. She could have done more than hire that probably overpaid publicity photographer and the make-up artist and hairstylist that undoubtedly contributed to that public relations hashtag stunt. Because it IS a public relations stunt to be sure. When the powerful and influential tweet their support, it's great publicity and polishes their public image, but those posed professional "selfies" and 140 character messages don't give the public enough information to enact any real change. If she wanted to make a REAL difference in the lives of those stolen young girls, she should stop wasting time, drop the sign, and talk to her husband.
Because the hashtags won't return those girls safely to the arms of their mothers.
But real action might.