This will seem a little out of place, but for weeks I have sat back and watched what has been transpiring on the show The Voice’s Facebook page and the artist’s pages.
I am a children’s author who most recently published a book on bullying. Why did I choose bullying? In recent years bullying has been progressively getting worse and has become a nationwide epidemic for many of our children.
I have been faithfully watching The Voice since season 3. I have a deep passionate love of music of all kinds and came across this show. After one show, I was hooked! I couldn’t wait each week to watch the auditions, battle rounds and hear each artist strive to be the best they could be.
Each of these artists is talented and each one is a human being with feelings. In the recent weeks of following the page on Facebook it has become very disturbing. There isn’t a post without nastiness or in my eyes bullying! These are grown-ups bashing the artists. Why? We wonder why our children are bullied or bully other children. All one has to do is look at this wall and you will see why.
I have my favorites just like everyone else, but I would never bash another person’s favorite. We are Americans, we are individuals with individual likes and dislikes. Does this make it wrong for a person to not like what we do?
When I went on Danielle Bradbery’s wall, a 16 year old young girl and saw nasty, rude comments, I felt it was time to say something. This young girl is striving to do her best, as is every other artist in this competition. America votes and chooses who goes on. This requires voting on Facebook, calling to vote, texting your vote or buying their song. This young girl has made it to the top 10 in Country every single week! She by no means deserves any negative comments, nor does any other artist on this show.
You can have your favorites, stay on their walls, support them, vote for them and listen to their music. On The Voice page, if you don’t like an artist or their picture, find your artist and talk to their fans. Why does America feel the need to bully these people who are following their dreams? These artists are reading these walls. Their families and friends are seeing these nasty rude remarks posted every single day. It is time to stop this nonsense and grow-up and be the respectful adult people that we all should be striving to be. Everything we say and everything we do is seen. Please America it is time to wake up, all our children are watching!
Update – Since posting this article, the support has been overwhelming!
Danielle Bradbery shared this article on her Facebook page and posted the following:
“Let’s have fun and no need to bash. I can honestly say that the contestants have nothing but love and respect for one another. We are a family here and cheer for one another. And we hurt when someone leaves the show. Please be supportive of your favorite artist and respect the rest of us. Thank you.”
Since her post, I have noticed a drastic change in remarks posted. To read all the comments please go to her Facebook Page. Thank you Danielle for sharing and thank you everyone for your wonderful supportive comments.