The power of television and movies. It is through this medium that First Lady Michelle Obama believes the fight for equality will prevail, whether it be race relations or LGBT rights.
In a recent interview with Variety magazine, the First Lady explained that: “For so many people, television and movies may be the only way they understand people who aren’t like them. And when I come across many little black girls who come up to me over the course of these seven and a half years with tears in their eyes, and they say: ‘Thank you for being a role model for me. I don’t see educated black women on TV, and the fact that you’re First Lady validates who I am.’”
Michelle Obama then went a step further and explained how Mitch and Cam, from Modern Family, have played a similar role as what she experienced. She said: “There are folks who now know black families — like the Johnsons on Black-ish or the folks on Modern Family. They become part of who you are. You share their pains. You understand their fears. They make you laugh, and they change how you see the world.”
“And that is particularly true in a country where there are still millions of people who live in communities where they can live their whole lives not having contact or exposure with people who aren’t like them, whether that is race or religion or simply lifestyle. The only way that millions of people get to know other folks and the way they live…is through the power of television and movies.”
Since Mrs. Obama’s primary focus since getting to the White House has been advocating for healthy habits, her real message may be: when you are on your treadmill, it’s A OK to watch TV!