Why I Support Kelly Clarkson’s “I’m So Sick of Moments of Silence” Line
I may have become a Kelly Clarkson fan last night.
I remember when I first learned that Kelly Clarkson would be hosting the 2018 Billboard Music Awards; "Ugh," I thought, "they couldn't have found someone better?" (Clearly, I wasn't much of a fan)
After last night's award ceremony, however, I'm absolutely convinced that she was the right person to host.
In a very vulnerable, emotional moment, Kelly broke script. In a response to the recent school shooting in her home state of Texas, instead of calling for a moment of silence, she boldly called for a moment of action.
"I'm so sick of moments of silence, it's not working, obviously." She continued, "Why don't we do a moment of action? Why don't we do a moment of change? Why don't we change what's happening? Because it's horrible."
As applause erupted, Kelly's confidence grew "Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to schools, to church, to movie theaters to clubs. You should be able to live your life without that kind of fear. So we need to do better."
As much as I may admire, appreciate or even prefer many of the other artists who attended the Billboard Music Awards, I can't imagine anyone else doing what Kelly did.
I recognize the courtesy and respect behind a moment of silence, and I absolutely believe there's a time and place for it. But sometimes silence is not enough, and change is more appropriate. I think we underestimate the power of action even in 30 or 60 seconds over silence for the same period of time. Kelly clearly sees the value, too.
So what does a moment of action look like? I believe the world is in a constant chain-reaction to the choices, decision and actions we make and take. So a moment of action is a moment of doing good: smiling at someone; encouraging or complimenting someone; defend a victim; standing up to bullying and evil; support a good cause. Let the things you do and say today begin a chain-reaction of good; chain-reactions are often hard to stop.