As a writer, it’s important to remember that our words have consequences. This is something that Steven Van Zandt, a well-known actor, musician and political activist, seemed to forget when he recently tweeted a message that called for the genocide of Republicans. While he quickly deleted the tweet, the damage had already been done.
In an attempt to backtrack, Van Zandt claimed that he meant to say “exterminate at the ballot box” instead of using the more violent language that he did. However, he then went on to use even more dehumanizing language towards Republicans, referring to them as “MAGotts” in a later tweet.
It’s disheartening to see someone with such a large platform use their voice to spread hate and division. Van Zandt’s rhetoric is dangerous, and it’s unclear why he is so filled with vitriol towards those who hold different political beliefs than him. As a writer, I believe it’s important to remember that we have a responsibility to use our words to bring people together, not tear them apart.
Despite the reprehensible nature of his language, Van Zandt’s friends in the media have chosen to cover for him instead of holding him accountable. This is a shame, as it only serves to perpetuate the cycle of hate and division that Van Zandt is contributing to.
As someone who values the power of language, I hope that Van Zandt will recognize the harm he is causing and choose to use his platform in a more positive and productive way. After all, we have the power to change the world with our words – let’s use that power for good.
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