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Beyoncé stops concert to urge attendees to vote
It’s more important than ever.
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.”
The right to use our voice at the polling stations this Election Day is not a privilege that should be taken lightly. Throughout history, from the women’s suffrage movement to the Civil Rights Movement, this is a right that we had to fight to obtain. It was our power that put the first Black president into the White House, and it was our influence that changed the course of history. Exercising the right to vote is imperative to our democracy. Click the link in my bio for local voter information, and make sure your voice is heard at the polls on November 8th.
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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.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.