Trivialities put before hard reality

All men are created equal, no matter how much we are made to believe otherwise by the emphasis placed on the almighty dollar. Just because a person is more affluent, or an event more aesthetically pleasing, does not mean it should take precedence over important, world changing events. The priorities of the modern American society are ridiculous.

On Jan. 23, in the city Kiev, Ukraine a man was stripped naked, save for a pair of boots, and filmed being sprayed with a hose by riot police, and then beaten and loaded onto a police bus. On Friday, Jan. 24, Justin Bieber was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, resisted arrest and assaulted a Toronto citizen later that month. It’s no question which of these stories made mainstream news.

The problem with this is that we now live in a place where a famous person being punished for a crime they obviously committed, something that for anyone else wouldn’t be shocking or out of the ordinary, supersedes a group of people fighting for change in their homeland, literally something our whole country is based upon. Almost every diverse demographic of people in the United States has experienced some form of adversity in this country alone.

In the last six months, protests have been erupting in Ukraine to demonstrate public disapproval of the government and cultural pressure placed upon Ukraine by Russia. Other protestors have also been beaten, sprayed with hoses, stripped of their clothes, and some even killed in protest. Meanwhile only a handful of American news outlets have placed this story on their front pages, most of them favoring the coveted, “famous person arrested for committing crime and being released within a day,” story.

However, in the last few weeks, Americans have actually picked up on the events in Ukraine in the usual effective fashion: posting “stand with Ukraine” regalia on social media sites. But again, not really doing anything. Unfortunately it appears to have become typical of Americans to look at situations in other parts of the world in a way very similar to the way that we view ASPCA commercials, or in regards to the Joseph Kony situation a few years ago.

It looks as though the news has picked up the story for all the wrong reasons. For instance: the coverage of a man hiding behind rubble with a colander on his head, or the religious man being held at gunpoint, or the most sensationalized news story, the large wooden catapult used for throwing things at the police.

It seems like the events in Ukraine, much like the events in celebrities such as Justin Bieber’s life, are being sensationalized to increase viewership, or thought of as something of a joke.