Beyoncé stops concert to urge attendees to vote

It's more important than ever.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Oct 31, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 4:43 pm CDT

Many celebrities have been using their platform to encourage people to vote, and now the Queen (Bey) is adding her voice to the mix.

At a recent concert, Beyoncé—who’s used her platform in the past—urged members of the audience to vote in this year’s election. She understands the frustration that many people have felt throughout the long election season, but she said that’s not a reason to not do anything about it. While Beyoncé, who was spotted at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser last year, doesn’t say who to vote for, it’s apparent who she’s saying not to vote for.

“It can be easy to feel helpless and want to just block the world out,” she said. “But doing nothing now is not an option, y’all. I know it seems like things are bad, but if you think it can’t get worse, just ask your grandparents.”

Posting the video to Instagram, Beyoncé stressed the importance of voting to her followers and how it’s a right, not a privilege. Everyone’s voice matters, she says, citing the many long fights had to even get the right to vote and the instrumental effort to took to electing the first black president into the White House.

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*First Published: Oct 31, 2016, 12:39 pm CDT