I once got great advice as a child after becoming frustrated in an argument. The advice was, that if I was too upset about something to explain it coherently, face to face, to collect my thoughts and write them down in a letter. That way, my emotions wouldn't get the better of me or the person I was arguing with, and my point could be clearly heard and explained. Yesterday, I saw that advice in action. Sir Ian McKellen wrote a letter about the Women's Marches after participating in it himself, and it puts the protest into perspective for those who don't seem to grasp the concept.
When political tensions are high, it's pretty darn hard to get people to listen to one another rather than waiting for their turn to speak. Which is why McKellen's clear, concise, and comical, play-by-play of the protest and events leading up to it is a fool proof way to get the point across. And, the best part? Despite the fact that he was there participating, the actor made it known that it was a movement by "The Women" (yes, capitalized). But of course, he didn't forget to include the importance of the allies involved, either.
The Women’s March in London was the longest I have been on. See the rest of my message attached. pic.twitter.com/q7QC4Jvg0S— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) January 22, 2017
In the letter, McKellen first addressed the look, feel, and make up of the London Women's March crowd, explaining:
He then goes on to explain, after shouting out the Sir Patrick Stewart facepalm poster, why he sees that some feel the need to "demonstrate" while others don't, and did so with perfect mixture of gusto and snark.
He goes on to predict what will happen, all the while making a call to action and countering the argument some who are on the fence about the president thus far have made.
As per his succinct Twitter bio, the "actor and activist" gave it to both the naysayers and skeptics straight. The Women's March wasn't only justified, but actualized. And, it helped to revitalize those who have felt downtrodden or scared by the rhetoric that's been spewed by the current commander-in-chief and those who support him.
It was about taking a stand.