Dear Teen Choice Awards,

 

Just Jared-1Do you see that everyone? ‘Slain’ singer #ChristinaGrimmie has won at tonight’s #TeenChoiceAwards! Isn’t that lovely? Though you should know, it is an absolute shame that the Teen Choice Awards couldn’t even find a way to honor Christina Grimmie during their two hour segment. It’s more than the fact the talented 22-year-old had her life cut short in June when an obsessed fan chose to open fire on her after a concert in Orlando. This is a horrible loss that still continues to send chills down everyone’s spines. It’s something that no one can seem to wrap their head around. But oh, it’s much more than that.

If you weren’t aware, Christina was no rookie when it came to Teen Choice Award nominations. This was actually her third nomination in a row for “Choice Web Star: Music.” Christina finally earned the title this evening and let me tell you, she would be over the moon to accept what would have been to her such a prestigious honor, but is it even so much as a ‘prestigious honor?’ Recently, YouTube personality, Shane Dawson shared with the public that the Teen Choice Awards are and have always been rigged, using their audience for nothing more than traffic. Traffic? You mean like this?

 

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“Retweet in honor of her memory for #ChoiceMusicWebStar.” Retweet, really? In her memory? How about creating a piece that rightfully acknowledges Christina and the mark she has made on the entertainment industry? Or, what about Christina death’s when you chose to devote time for a tearjerking tribute with the victims and relatives of gun violence victims? Each and every shooting was devastating and senseless– Christina’s included. So, why wasn’t she recognized? Not even once?

Jessica Alba held back tears from her eyes when she said “Tonight we stand together with these teens, united in our call for peace and an end to this violence. Now more than ever, we need to stop, feel and ask what’s going on.” She’s right. We absolutely do need to stop this madness and fill our hearts with love and compassion for one another. Christina’s death was no an exception to this matter. But, this gun violence also took Christina away from us all. She was a young woman with a heart of gold and a love for music as big as can be. A beautiful angel with a long life to live was robbed– because of gun violence. Nothing said about her, yet I guarantee she is still glowing down from heaven over that meaningless surfboard.

I’m really glad you also thought it was important to hold a poll on online for a “Choice President,” encouraging the audience at home to tweet for either Donald or Hillary. I’m glad you found time to announce that the teen’s favored Crooked Hilary as their nomination, using your fixed award show to persuade the youth of America that now is the time to put our faith in what would be a women milestone. Whoa, maybe it is a good thing that teens can’t actually vote. Hey Teen Choice, didn’t anyone ever tell you not to speak about politics in public? It’s a common courtesy thing, so you may be unfamiliar with this knowledge. If you do choose to throw in some political attributes, next time don’t forget to remind the public that there is a potential third party candidate. Viewers don’t have to be brainwashed by FOX’s desire for the upcoming election. Instead, try making them aware that our future doesn’t have to lie in the hands of Donald or Hillary. How you doin’, Gary Johnson?

 

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Well, at least you let us all know that when it comes to the United States and the country’s rights, our votes count. I guess we can’t really say the same about your award show, huh?Shane Dawson ytad-page-001.jpg

For anyone who doubted Shane, he hit the nail on the head. Christina’s name and fame was solely used to drive traffic to the voting process and advertise this grimy award celebration that doesn’t even have the audacity to pay a simple, yet well deserving tribute. Do not exploit an icon’s death strictly for promotion purposes, only to neglect her in the live show. Not only is it sick and heartless to the core, but it is incredibly disrespectful. Take a minute and think about Christina’s family, friends and loved ones. Did you consider that they too have all been deeply affected by gun violence? I can only imagine what it would have meant for them to accept Christina’s award in her name, even just to see a dedication or montage honoring the rising star.

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Photo courtesy of Grimmie’s official FB

I know I’m not the only one here who is incredibly pissed over the fact they wasted two hours of their life. We’re talking about two long, tasteless content-filled hours I will never get back. Producers, you had the perfect opportunity to honor the late Christina who was not only a long time nominee and fan of the TCAs, but a role model surrounded by a ray of light that never once stopped shining. You couldn’t even do that. Not to worry, with or without your shitty award show, Christina’s memory will live on through her soulful music and dedicated. Her manager, Brian Teefey announced this week that Christina’s unreleased music videos under her EP will be available on both her Facebook and YouTube pages. Teefey added “Anytime you decide to watch these videos, send a tweet with #ChristinaGrimmie let’s trend her all month.”

It’s okay, Teen Choice. You only snubbed Christina’s posthumous award from airing and broke the hearts of eager fans listening for her name while they were painfully stuck watching a performance by Flo Rida. (nothing personal Flo, merely a fan dedicated to classics that encourage questionable fashion choices like Apple Bottom jeans and boots with the fur)

I am a strong believer that the world is big enough for all of us and that each and every one of us out there can live together in peace. I stand by all of those who lost their loved ones to gun violence. Sandy Hook, Aurora, Dallas, Baton Rouge and Orlando are only a few of the tens of thousand preventable tragedies that occur due to gun violence. They are only a few of the tens of thousands victims that are innocently targeted. I stand by the families of Christina Grimmie and everyone else out there who is forced to painfully grieve their losses caused by illogical gun violence.

The victims will forever be in our hearts– a much realer place than on a soul deprived screen.

 

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2 Responses to Dear Teen Choice Awards,

  1. Rachel Yap says:

    Thank you so much, you took the words right out of my mouth, and expressed it better than I could’ve done.

    Liked by 1 person

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