What would you do if you were one of the most famous people in the world?
Take a moment to think about that, but we’d recommend that you use that incredible influential power for good, like many celebrities are doing today. Remember when singer and songwriter Taylor Swift made a bold statement during the 2018 midterm elections and told all of her fans who she’d be voting for and why she thinks they should go out and vote too? It was a bold move for a celebrity who has historically stayed out of politics. After all, her fans may not agree with or even be offended by her political opinions. Sometimes, though, issues are too big or too important to not do anything about them.
That’s why young celebrities like singer Olivia Rodrigo and k-pop band BTS are using their celebrity status to influence their millions and millions of fans from around the world to do the right thing. In July, Olivia Rodrigo partnered up with the White House to encourage fans to get the COVID vaccine. In September, the members of BTS performed at the 76th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly (that’s a meeting where countries come together to talk about issues facing the world) and gave a speech that commended young people for their resilience in the face of the pandemic and other global issues such as climate change. The popular boy band also used this global stage to urge fans to get COVID vaccines.
Olivia Rodrigo at the White House. Public Domain
In October, BTS once again lent their celebrity status for good and raised approximately $3.6 million for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). What will this money be used for? To fight violence and bullying and to help young people realize their potential.
What would you do to help influence the world?
BTS. Image Credit: TenAsia, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons