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Dear Selena Gomez, We Are Tired Of Your Hypocrisy

You’re not fooling anyone.

Selena Gomez poses at a March For Our Lives rally.

It isn’t the first time Selena Gomez has notably demonstrated performative activism.

Knowing her obvious, faulty logic, this will most likely not be her last either. But this time, Gomez may have outdone herself in insulting hypocrisy.

One may remember Gomez’s controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter back in 2016. The actress/singer told people online to stop paying attention to meaningless drama–in reference to the Kim and Kanye versus Taylor Swift drama–and to focus on more important things.

…Why can’t people use their voice something that f**king matters.

A Twitter user questioned that if that was Selena’s reasoning, then what was the reasoning for her silence on the Black Lives Matter movement or police brutality. Gomez tweeted this in response:

Oh lol so if I hashtag something, that means it will save lives?

Contrary to her own apparent beliefs, Gomez’s social media was buzzing with activity from the March For Our Lives–the protest against gun violence, which also advocated for gun control. The march was a response to the countless school shootings across the country, but specifically, the one which left 17 students dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

In one of her Instagram captions, which she has turned off the commenting, Gomez wrote:

I don’t want this to just be an Instagram post anymore. PLEASE. ENOUGH. These people, families and CHILDREN have suffered enough. Today we march for our lives. I’m going to continue to trust god with the future and also play my part in bringing change. #marchforourlives #notjustahashtag

 

Many have deemed her a hypocrite for the post. Gomez suddenly claims that the March For Our Lives is #notjustahastag, yet did not make the same argument with the controversial subject of racist police killings or the Black Lives Matter movement. Instead, she reduced them to just hashtags.

The Black Lives Matter movement actually shared similar events to those of the Never Again and March For Our Lives movements.

The BML movement had peaceful protests too, just on a much less publicized scale. All three gained support from major celebrities–even if it was just a star who tweeted a hashtag for attention.

In her Instagram post, Gomez also begged for no more violence, as families and children have suffered enough. But does she not realize that families and children are suffering from police brutality? Does she not recognize that people have died due to police violence too?

No one is saying that Selena Gomez hasn’t contributed to different charities or helped those in need–a common argument from her dedicated fans. However, her undeniable performative activism is toxic in promoting faulty ideas.

She is–whether it is intentional or unintentional–implying that some lives are worth more than others. That some deaths are more important than others.

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  1. Your comment just proves how ignorant you are to The Black Lives Matter movement. It’s not just exclusively for black people or advocating only for Black Lives. It’s noting that black lives matter TOO. Black Lives Matter has always been inclusive and it fights for EVERYONE. . You should read up before you comment ignorant stuff like this.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. I love this magazine and have been supportive from the beginning but headlines like where they focus on young celebrities and try to destroy them for retweets, is just too much for me.

  3. Dear commenter in this arcticle with title Annoyed of Ignorance and bullying
    The article only pointed out where she stands if every lives mattered to her the she should have supported all those causes like black lives matter and police brutality as well
    I needed to defend this article cuz it recognises her work as well like making social contributions and donations but then again look at her works she is voicing or performing where her works get highlighted
    And about Black live matters and other deaths there always has been support from other celebrities they see equally they have voiced about all lives not just black so when you think of making points and try defending others see their actions too
    Media has always spoken about all the other artists equally and I don’t think it’s bullying it’s called giving light to things that has been out there

  4. Dear Author, With all respect, We are tired of yalls ignorance. Coming from experience of being asked to express my views on black lives matter, I understand why Ms. Gomez hadn’t commented on it either. Black lives matter,emphasis on only black lives. Yes there is racism, prejudice and unfair deaths and charges brought against people of color. But color doesn’t only mean black. Growing up in the ghetto of Houston, I’ve witnessed too many brutal unfairness and Justice of my mixed community. Being considered brown from my peers, I experience the same thing, but I am not black. I am proud to be Hispanic. And I’m tired of people trying to shove in my face that their race is more important than mine. In my opinion, whether you are black, Hispanic, Asian , Indian or even white, ALL our lives matter. I understand why the hashtag started and am saddened that the treatment of the African American race is still facing injustice but how come nothing came out for the other unfair injustices of the other races. A Native- American girl raped and murder. Was there a #NativeAmericanLivesMatter. One of my Hispanic friends’ Mother, despite having papers still gets bullied instead of questioned for job interviews and was even once told to go swim back across the border. But where’s the #HispanicLivesMatter. I could go on but the answer for them would continue being no. And now we have the issues of guns and shootings. But we are not putting a restriction on any races or gender or even disabilities. But it’s March for OUR lives. Our meaning being together as one. Our meaning that we are not categorizing or excluding any race. Our meaning our country as a whole. So no it’s not hypocrisy as you so called put it, but actually understanding that we should all come together as ONE and March for our lives TOGETHER. Unlike #BlackLivesMatter where they put aside “other” lives which is just as much important! So I invite you to stop with the bullying, name calling and prejudice of someone who you clearly don’t know personally and I invite YOU to care for me, for her for him. Don’t just think about your own but I invite you to be considerate of OUR brothers, OUR sisters, OUR parents, OUR colleagues &friends even if you don’t know them. Don’t judge but love. We are united as one in our blessed Country. And I invite you to pledge YOUR allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, ONE nation under (a very just) God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. God bless you.

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Written by Addison Gallagher

16. Middletown, NJ. Love/hate relationship with politics.