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A Round-Up Of The Tone-Deaf Shout Outs To George Floyd

Everyone is weighing, not everyone is getting it right.

While the passing of George Floyd was deeply sad to witness, the subsequent protests around the States in the fight for racial equality have displayed a massive shift in the right direction.

As more people stand up for equality, the pressure is put on celebrities and companies to speak up and pick a side of these ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests. As a result, we’re witnessing a lot of posts on social media that are pro-George Floyd but are posted in a way which feels a little tone-deaf. Listen to all the details below:

CBS

American broadcaster CBS took to Twitter with the message “We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, creators, partners, and audiences and condemn acts of racism, discrimination and senseless acts of violence.” And while this looks to be a message that backs George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and the actions of the protesters, many Twitter users pointed out the hypocrisy. A few users pointed out the hypocrisy of CBS housing law-enforcement vehicles at the same time as posting this message.

Also, Twitter users questioned if this sentiment was reflected in the content the broadcaster was airing in addition to questioning the true diversity spectrum of their staff.

NFL

Another hypocritical post made by a corporation came from the NFL. The American National Football League took to Twitter to share a statement on the passing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests. They said, “The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country. The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.” 

And while this post seems in favour of the protestors, in theory, much of the Internet was quick to remind them of their mistreatment of Colin Kaepernick. This ex-NFL player hasn’t played a game in over 2 years as a result of refusing to stand for the national anthem at a game. While this in itself became a symbol against police brutality and Black Lives Matter, Kaepernick’s refusal saw his banishment from the NFL, hence the hypocritical nature of this Tweet.   

For more on the the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests, we spoke about how you can help from Australia on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

L’Oreal Paris

In 2017, L’Oreal Paris hired Munroe Bergdorf as its first transgender representative, but she was immediately dropped following comments that she had made, calling out racism after a neo-Nazi rally in Virginia. As a result, Munroe Bergdorf has some choice words against L’Oreal after they recently shared an updated slogan to social media. Bergdorf said, “Excuse my language but I am SO angry. F**K YOU (L’Oreal Paris). You dropped me from a campaign in 2017 and threw me to the wolves for speaking out about racism and white supremacy… You do NOT get to do this. This is NOT okay, not even in the slightest,” Big yikes. Performative equality at its finest. 

David Guetta

Last but certainly not least, we have one of the biggest DJs in the world right now remixing Martin Luther King’s infamous speech and giving a shout out to George Floyd’s family. Nope, we’re not joking. Honestly, we wish we were. There are many, many levels to how tone-deaf this is, but we’ll just leave this video to let you cringe in peace. 

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Obama Gives Us Hope With A Plan For Lasting Change From These Protests

“Let’s get to work.”

As the U.S. President, Donald Trump, continues to lose the plot, Barack Obama has stepped up to the plate with some wise words of wisdom. He has penned a short essay (made available via Medium) in the hopes to ensure that some everlasting good comes out of these ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests.

We spoke about how you can help the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement all the way from Australia on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

With no signs of the protests slowing down, Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the military on U.S. citizens. In a press conference this morning, Trump said, “I am mobilising all federal and local resources, civilian and military, to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans,” before running off to the President’s church and holing up a Bible, all-the-while skipping question time. 

Unlike Trump, former President Barack Obama has some positivity to spread with his wise words on “how to make this moment the turning point for real change.” In this short-form essay, Barack Obama calls upon the “new generation of activists to shape strategies that best fit the times.” The message is all about how to “sustain momentum” as Obama acknowledges the “ongoing problem of unequal justice.” Barack Obama has three ideas on how to make sustainable change. 

Firstly, Obama recognises the violence and looting and advises Americans to steer clear for fear of putting people in danger. He says, “The small minority of folks who’ve resorted to violence in various forms…  are putting innocent people at risk, compounding the destruction of neighbourhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause.” Obama also says, “If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.”

Secondly, Obama shuts down claims that voting is a “waste of time” because racial bias is embedded into their criminal justice system by saying, “The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable.” Also, Obama provides a ray of hope for readers when he says that “aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices.” Additionally, Obama says, “The elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels,” highlighting that real change can happen at levels closer to the American individual. 

Finally, Obama argues that “the more specific (Americans) make demands for criminal justice and police reform, the harder it will be for elected officials to just offer lip service to the cause and then fall back into business as usual once protests have gone away.” Wise words if you ask us!

Obama ends his essay on a short but powerful call-to-action, saying, “Let’s get to work.” You can read all of Obama’s powerful thoughts here

For more information on how you can help the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests from Australia, check out our yarn here.

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What It’s Really Like To Move Back Home When You’re Ben And Liam

“I feel like we haven’t made a wrong move yet.”

A lot of people are moving back home at the moment. From those who were temporarily living abroad to those who used to travel interstate for work, a large portion of Australia is adjusting to new schedules which are somewhat related to the past. 

One duo who has absolutely mastered the art of returning home is Ben and Liam. After a lengthy stint at Triple J, Ben and Liam have hopped across radio ponds to host Nova 919’s breakfast show in Adelaide. The boys spoke to us about how to make the most of wherever you land, if you just give it a shot.

To hear the full chat, check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Interestingly, radio wasn’t always the be-all and end-all for Ben or Liam. Ben opened up to us about the start of his career saying, “I never grew up wanting to be a radio host, I didn’t really have any aspirations. But, I worked on a dairy farm for like five years and I didn’t like that…” Meanwhile, Liam added “ “For me… I wanted to play for Liverpool until I was about 16 / 17, realise that wasn’t going to happen…” But, the way the cards fell, the two of them found each other through the stand-up and community radio scene and their bond grew from there. 

After about 7 years of working together, both on Fresh 92.7 (a community station in Adelaide) and on Triple J, the boys have entered the big leagues of radio, presenting on the most coveted time-slot known to man. But, to them, it doesn’t feel that different.

Although they’ve changed radio avenues, Ben and Liam are determined to keep the content they produce consistent to what their audiences know them by. When talking about moving between community radio, Triple J and Nova, Ben said  “It’s funny how every decision… always feels like it’s the big one. There’s that one which Liam was talking about (referring to a getting a paid gig in community radio), then there’s the other one which was like ‘Do we go to Triple J?’ and there was the other one which was like ‘Do we go back to Adelaide and do Nova?… They’re always going to be happening, those conversations… ” Then Liam added in, “That’s it… I feel like we haven’t made a wrong move yet.”

And even though they’re doing breakfast, they hold community radio close to their heart. When giving advice on how to crack the radio industry, the boys paid respect to their roots saying, “Pretty much wherever you are, even if you’re out regional, there are community radio stations and they are looking for people just to rock up and start doing stuff.”

Also, when talking about how they’re working during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ben said, “Every show is similar but we’ve always found as a team… that sometimes you can have better ideas from being put in a box… In a weird way, it’s almost been more freeing for us because there’s no one in the building.”

There you have it. From Ben and Liam to you, embrace your home-town and embrace the things that get thrown your way because you never know where it’ll lead you.

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