Turn On The Light

I know it’s been a while since I participated in the “We Are The World Blogfest”. The only excuse I have is that I’ve been working on my latest book, Broken. And prepping for all the events coming up in the next two months. You know, normal stuff. I always like to try to be part of it though because it’s a great way to remind myself that there are indeed good things going on in the world, even if it’s hard to see them.

This month I wanted to focus on a comedian known as Sammy J who made an amazing statement about a horrific tragedy. In his comedy series, Sammy J.’s Playground Politics, that is aimed at adults, he helps “children” follow the daily election campaign. He usually pokes fun at politics under the guise of running a children’s TV show. However this time, he dropped the humor.

He takes his time to answer a child’s letter in to the show. In it, the girl talks about seeing people crying on the news and not understanding why, but then her mother turned off the TV to keep her from being scared. However this only made the girl more terrified cause she didn’t know what had happened.

Sammy J tries to explain to the little girl what terrorism is and why bad people do terrible things. It’s honestly brilliant. I know this is aimed at adults and the letter from the girl may or may not be real, but he finds a great way to explain terrorism and hate crimes in such an inspiring way, that I had to share it.

10 thoughts on “Turn On The Light

  1. Yes that is certainly a good thing to do Here in Christchurch were it happened they encourage all to talk about it to be able to process it.

    • That’s honestly the best way to process things. It’s when people clam up and don’t discuss it that it only makes things worse. I’m glad they’re taking such a healthy approach to it!

  2. This is heartwarming to listen to. It’s so hard to explain, and so hard to live with, but it’s a part of our world, and we can’t be frightened. I remember being afraid of a nuclear war. These things are always hard to cope with.

    Thanks for sharing this for WATWB !

    • Absolutely, it never gets easier coping with these things. I remember watching those “Duck and cover” videos before and shuddered at the thought that it became the normal of the time. It seems like shootings like these have become today’s normal, and I don’t like either one of them.

      No problem! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Hi Lena – what a lovely programme that Sammy has on YouTube … and so interesting in the way he explained it to Jesse … very clever – we need light and with it we will understand more. Excellent #WAWTB – cheers Hilary

    • Exactly! In a way I thought that this kind of embodied the whole goal of #WAWTB because you have to fight that negativity with positivity. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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