If you watched the “One World Together at Home” spectacular Saturday evening, I hope that you understood what it was all about. Instead of focusing on one country, it was designed to help all Americans understand that the world is not composed of one country. The world is united for one of the first times in modern history fighting a common enemy.
The event was televised on ABC, NBC, CBS, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and many other networks. Remarkably, it was not televised on Fox. Why? If you watched, you would know.
First, the event supported the World Health Organization, the agency Trump wants to defund. Second, for the first time in my life the president of our nation did not receive a single word of praise for his leadership. He failed to take timely and aggressive action to prevent or lessen the spread of an upcoming pandemic: a healthcare emergency. Fox is a right-wing propaganda machine, not a legitimate news agency. It would never tell the truth about Trump’s incompetence, and the fact that he is directly responsible for thousands of lives. I call him the “Coronavirus Assassin.” Leaders from nearly every other nation in the world received great praise from their nation’s people. Governors for America’s ‘blue states’ are receiving similar praise.
Last night the term “greatness” was reserved for healthcare workers, and the thousands of men and women who work in the necessary services industries stocking the shelves and delivering food.
The Global Citizen event, hosted in conjunction with the World Health Organization and the United Nations, aired on Saturday, shining a light on the frontline healthcare workers who are leading the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.
Lady Gaga, who curated the event, kicked off the special with a soulful rendition of Nat King Cole’s “Smile” on the piano. “I care so much about all of the medical workers who are putting their lives at risk right now. I think of them every day, I pray for them every day,” she said. “What I’d like to do tonight is just give you, if I have permission, a moment to smile.”
Oprah Winfrey summed up how everyone in the world should look at this crisis.
“Nelson Mandela once said that courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. We’re all feeling that right now,” the media mogul said in a pre-taped video message. “In every country, in every continent, we’ve seen such phenomenal acts of courage from people who are on the front lines of this fight against coronavirus.”
“I tell you, we all appreciated health care workers, but never like now,” she added. “When their lives are at stake, their first thoughts are not about themselves but for others. They truly are the best of us, and their compassion and their true acts of service is a call to action for all of us.”
Taylor Swift offered hope and the truth.
Sitting in front of a watercolor wall, the singer performed “Soon You’ll Get Better” live on the piano for the first time ever. “Who am I supposed to talk to? What am I supposed to do, if there’s no you?” she sang. “This won’t go back to normal, if it ever was. It’s been years of hoping, and I keep saying it because, ’cause I have to.”
“You’ll get better, soon you’ll get better,” she continued. “You’ll get better soon, ’cause you have to.”
If you are a Trump supporter, something I will never understand, you probably missed the show. It was the most ‘American’ broadcast I have seen in over three years. You were likely watching Fox Noise and enjoying the fact that you were being lied to. You missed something worthwhile, encouraging, filled with compassion and gratitude; something your fascist leader does not understand.
The Truth Lives Here
Op-ed by James Turnage
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