Tony Talks #23: #TheShowMustBePaused

Hello, dear readers.

We live in interesting times, don’t you think? The tragedy in America is casting a shadow on the public consciousness certainly in the UK right now, even with the ongoing anxiety about Covid-19 and the British government, to the mind of scientists and much of the public, rushing to ‘re-open’ the nation’s schools, shops, pubs etc… before the virus has been contained. It’s hard for us all, in different ways.

What I’ve decided to do, as the tiniest show of support, is to not release anything on this blog until next Tuesday, and here’s why…

There are different thought processes on whether supporting in this manner is a good or bad thing, all of which I understand and respect. Some feel it’s tokenistic, others a bandwagon, and more that don’t want to commit a personal political opinion at all. I believe none of these things. I believe change comes when everyone sings from the same hymn sheet (to use an outdated religious parlance). The online world is full of people who approach protest in different forms but I, personally, believe the idea that #TheShowMustBePaused is appropriate. How can I spiral out reviews of Victor Meldrew’s antics or Sydney Bristow’s spy-fi adventures while the world is on fire, as if everything is normal?

I don’t feel I can, nor do I feel I should. So I won’t release any material on here until the next #2000InFilm piece on Tuesday.

Is this enough? Of course not. Will this make any actual difference? No. But it adds to the tide of protest, the tide of accepting amidst the ‘new normal’ of our post-pandemic world, where beliefs and attitudes and systems are changing and will have to change, that we need to collectively say that what is happening in America to the black community is wrong, and must change. That it is a symptom of a bigger sickness in Western society in our cultures that allows authoritarian governments to wield increasing power, and a growing lack of humanity and empathy, with abandon.

Here you can find links to information and education about #BlackLivesMatter and beyond:

Here are links to causes you can support related to the protests:

I hope you’re all keeping safe and well, and that you don’t give up. We can make a better world in our lifetimes.



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