Perhaps you saw it online this week. Maybe you noticed your crazy uncle disseminate it. Hopefully you saw the criticisms that followed it. Yep, it was a certain meme promoted and forwarded by the son of a certain United States presidential candidate (you know, the candidate with the thin orange skin and bad toupee) that painted immigrants from a certain war-torn Middle Eastern country with a broad brush — a brush coated in the paint of fear and prejudicial (and outright unproven) assumptions.
Yeah, I saw it as well. And rather than try to scrub it from my memory, I decided to respond to it… by turning the meme upside down in a somewhat whimsical way. And I did it with a video!
As you can probably tell, this video is not the most perfect executed way to address the issue. This is just the second time I’ve appeared in front of the camera as Allison (and it clearly shows). And I actually had to write down and memorize some of what I wanted to say (the rest was I rehearsed in my head without a script, including my use of pig latin). Yet for all of the presentation and public speaking skills I freely admit I lack, I hope the importance of the message is clear and understood: Just because you have unfounded fears of whole groups of people based on their nation of origin or religion — perceived or otherwise — doesn’t mean you should judge them on those unfounded fears. Know that they are just as human as you are, and that they are likely good in character (perhaps even better in character than you are).
Feel free to watch and share this video, and feel free to leave a positive and supportive comment below. If you’re already on YouTube, feel free as well to “like” the video and leave your positive comments at the original link. Thank you so much for watching, and thank you in advance for sharing this meaningful message.