We’re living in a bizarre time. And by bizarre, I mean dumb.
The era of outrage has given way to the era of pressured apology.
Not long ago in America, the online and media atmosphere was extremely different. People did what they did, and mostly, nobody cared. There was no pressure to support or condemn any given thing.
But that ain’t now, Jack!
Therefore, we have stories such as this.
Recently, singer Demi Lovato undertook a “magical” journey to Israel.
While there, Demi — who, last year, was hospitalized amid dealings with drug abuse and confessions of suicidal thoughts — was baptized
in the Jordan river.
She enthused, “I’ve never felt more renewed in my life.”
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I am an American singer. I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors. When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes. There is something absolutely magical about Israel. I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now. Spirituality is so important to me…to be baptized in the Jordan river – the same place Jesus was baptized – I’ve never felt more renewed in my life. This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul. I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart. Thank you for having me, Israel 💗
She also visited the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem.
But in response to posting on the wonders of her trip, she was blasted.
As noted by ETOnline:
[H]er posts…faced a lot of heated criticism from many who accused the singer of promoting or supporting Israel amid the country’s long-standing conflict with Palestine, and insinuated that the singer’s posts were meant to represent a political stance on the conflict.
What’s the political stance? That it’s okay for there to be an Israel?
And now, as she conveyed on social media, she feels bad:
“I accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts. No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone. With that being said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention.”
She’s come to a better understanding:
“This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT. Now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry.”
“Going against all advice right now and apologizing because it feels right to me…” she explained.
As I said, it’s a bizarre time. A troubled young girl in the spotlight — who, by the way, is an incredible singer — is made to feel she can’t even travel to a beleaguered country or have a religious experience. The outrage mob pressed on her until an apology came out.
On Tuesday, before the condemnation, she wrote, “This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul. I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart. Thank you for having me, Israel”
You don’t have to be sorry, Demi. Don’t let the world stop the renewal in your heart.
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