As most know of you know by now, Paris has been in our prayers, after witnessing the bloodiest massacre the Country has faced in the last 50 years. On January 7th, 2015, 12 people were killed at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo for publishing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, followed by 4 hostages killed at a kosher grocery store by the same terrorist group.
In today’s Golden Globes, George Clooney won the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his lifetime achievements not only as an actor, but also as a humanitarian. He dedicated the final portion of his speech to the unity marches in Paris and beyond in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shooting.
“And one last thing: to reiterate what we’ve all been talking about, today was an extraordinary day,” said Clooney. “There were millions of people who marched not just in Paris, but around the world. And they were Christians and Jews and Muslims. They were leaders of countries all over the world. And they didn’t march in protest; they marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. We won’t do it. So, Je Suis Charlie (I am Charlie). Thank you.”
In times like these, this is the kind of message that can help unite us all. After all, we all are made of the same bone and creator. This is the type of message that transcends “hope” and “change” that America has been asking for and can also unite this world. While America wasn’t present at these rallies, other leaders of countries were. This doesn’t exactly show the leadership this country should portray against fear and terrorism.
If Clooney makes a run for 2016 as President, he certainly has my vote. And, I’m sure now the support of many others.
You can watch his acceptance, speech here.