I don’t choose to watch comedy on TV or movies, I’ve said that before. It’s just not my preference. I do think we need to have funny moments and enjoy life, but the humor shared isn’t for everyone, nor are the topics that some of those shows talk about, like women and politics. However, one show just proved me wrong, and showed that even through all the funny moments, they still realize how big things going on in the world are. What am I talking about? One last skit between “Clinton” and “Trump” on Saturday Night Live (SNL). I’m not going to make you watch the show or the highlights, and I’ll admit I haven’t watched them. But the headline about the episode really stood out to me: “Trump and Clinton Make Peace on SNL.” Yep, you read that right. If you did want to read it for yourself or check it out, you can read/watch on TV Guide or watch on CNN.
But on to my point. Yes, fairy tale endings sell. But most people know that drama sells even more. So to find that they’ve taken (for at least that segment of the episode) the more fairy tale road is a little surprising. I’m thrilled at the point they decided to make: that of encouraging unity after the vote rather than encouraging ensuing chaos or revolts/violence. When you’ve got as large of a platform as a show like SNL does you have some pretty big decisions to make about how you’re going to throw that influence around. Some people choose to pick a side, others try to objectively share, but too few choose to talk about what comes next.
We’ve seen plenty of stories about the police lately, partially because there are lots of people making not so great decisions out there, but we’ve also seen some about the police not making the best choices. The simple answer is that sometimes people screw up. That’s just how it is. You can’t expect anyone to get it right all of the time. Are there things that should be in place like education for police and better support for those who don’t (or can’t) follow the law? Absolutely. But even those aren’t foolproof because we’ll still screw up on occasion.
So we can either decide to throw in the towel and let things fall as they may, or we can take an active role in encouraging a better tomorrow. I don’t know about you but I’d much rather see a better tomorrow than give up. One way you can do that is to choose to vote. Don’t let someone else take control of what your tomorrow looks like, have your own say, however small it may seem.