Migration Aid tweeted the above poster with the caption "Syrian celebrities who changed the world."
First of all, let me state that I encourage every good-intentioned effort. And this is a good start to make people who have never thought about the issue get involved.
On the other hand, I'm sorry... As much as I defend the cause this tweet was for, -and I understand the logic behind it, that people would feel more for the refugees, for the people dying at sea if they were stars, singers, celebrities- I cannot endorse it with that caption as I believe it gives the wrong message.
People do not need to have the capacity to change the world in order to be able to walk freely on the world they were born. Our being mere human should be enough.
We all change the world in our own way. We really don't have to be Steve Jobs or anybody else.
People's having rights just because they are citizens of a certain sovereign state... That's what's wrong with the world of today.
Playing the card of people's having rights because they are celebrities, or they could be celebrities, is just as wrong.
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Note: I guess I would have been fine if the poster was left as it is. i.e. Without adding "Syrian celebrities who changed the world." Because the way the poster is set, it's just people saying where they are from and giving information about who they are. That's perfectly fine. But when you add that caption, it sort of implies that people are worth to come into some country because they might be celebrities. Or it implies that's why people should care, and that implication is not so right.