Minerva's Breakdown: Too Woke 

Too often we hold our artists, celebrities, and entertainers to higher standards than we hold people who make our laws and run our government.

DEAR MINERVA,

It seems to me recently that there are no stars left who aren't getting criticized for something that they have been accused of doing, saying, or supporting. I can't even watch old movies without being disappointed in how backward things were. I feel too informed and too pissed off to relax. How can we continue to enjoy anything in the world when everyone seems to be awful?

-Sincerely, Too Woke

DEAR WOKE,

The media likes to distract us with celebrities. Stars sell and there are a lot of people that enjoy tearing down others. What we lose sight of in all of this is that stars are still just people. We make them role models - something they didn't sign up to be. Too often we hold our artists, celebrities, and entertainers to higher standards than we hold people who make our laws and run our government. That's unreasonable. Just because someone can act well or sing on key doesn't make them infallible. We're just used to them bringing us joy in small servings. The best advice that I can give you about trying to enjoy old movies is to remember that if you look back at history with the eyes of today, you will always be disappointed. What may have been progressive and daring at the time could be perceived as the opposite now. Know your history, understand how slowly things change, and remember that people are people. Whether they are gracing the movie screen or bagging your groceries, people aren't perfect, including you and me!

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