“There will be no other thing as worth saving as this. Nothing more important, nothing as precious. This is home.”
The scary truth.
And why it is at the same time scaring?
Because like with most of the posts I see these days showing up online, it is the comments which give me the creeps and a fright more often than not. The amount of disgraceful and even offending remarks underneath this post on YouTube (and I think some of the worst are already removed) nearly had me stop sharing, and no, I will not repeat those here.
The one I will copy and past, followed by a reaction of Shane himself, is the following:
A beautiful video with a profound message but with little hope of going viral. Unfortunately, the F-bomb will prevent it from being shared on Facebook pages, in schools, in libraries, in public rallies, in public broadcasts and with little children whose parents are trying to instill ecological awareness — and in whose little hands the future lies. Other choices of words are available: “stop killing the bees,” “don’t kill off the bees,” “don’t mess with the bees,” “don’t destroy the bees,” “don’t impede the bees,” “support the bees,” “spare the bees,” “encourage the bees,” “help the bees,” “nurture the bees,” “save the bees,” “defend the bees,” “protect the bees,” or whatever your poetic heart can come up with. What a loss.
For the people concerned with the use of language in my latest video… I understand, but can’t apologize. Our situation is dire, and this is the word that fits. As a spoken word artist, a great deal of thought goes into the words I choose. The word was not used with disregard to the public… I was actually quoting a friend who completely hit the nail on the head by saying it. The word is used specifically to shine a light on the problem, and has caused exactly the intended effect. Yes, I could have changed it to ‘mess with’ or ‘screw with’… but do either of those options make the line stand out? No. The fact that the world is more concerned with a single word over the fact that our planet is in crisis, just shows how completely lost we are. Everyday we are subjected to images and articles of intense violence… but still we choose to object to a word that describes our feelings about the situation, rather than the actual situation itself. Our planet is dying… I can think of no more appropriate time to use this word… I can think of no better word to describe the immeasurable scope of despair and frustration I feel toward our treatment of the planet. Share the video or don’t… the choice is, and will always be yours… I am forcing no one to watch it. This campaign is a call to action… real action is what’s needed to save our home… our survival depends on the participation of all. Please don’t think that the omission of a single word is the action that’s going to make this world a better place.
Rule no 1, don’t fuck with the bees!”
The world took notice of Shane Koyczan when his influential, anti-bullying, To This Day Project video went viral in early 2013 and has reached over 14 million views and counting.
Music by Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long
Music produced by Corwin Fox and Shane Koyczan
Publiced on 8 okt. 2014