If you have a platform - of any size - and you are conflicted as to whether you should use it to speak your truths about the issues of our society, sadly, that means you have surrendered to fascist ideology and you are conceding to fascism & the dismantling of the American values.
I’ll concede that i’m wrong only in that maybe people who create stuff on these platforms aren’t artists. I think they are though. 🤷🏻♂️
Don’t listen to me... here’s what Nina Simone said:
“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned, it’s their choice, but I CHOOSE to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That, to me, is my duty. And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved. Young people, black and white, know this. That’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore. So I don’t think you have a choice. How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.” - Nina Simone ...