Yoko Ono’s response to Donald Trump’s presidency is all of us
If you woke up on November 9th with tears streaming down your face, hoping that the election was just a bad nightmare, you are not alone. Millions of people feel exactly the same way as you. In fact, Yoko Ono turned her emotions over Donald Trump’s election into sound. It’s brief and gutting. Her Twitter video is all of us.
It’s pretty much how most people felt all week. Like Yoko Ono, many celebrities and artists have been publicly grieving. Lena Dunham released a motivational letter in Lenny. And Miley Cyrus released a tearful video the night of the election. But nothing compares to Yoko’s animalistic sounds.
Just last September, Yoko called on women to be part of her art installation in NYC. Her project asked for them to send it photos of their eyes with written testaments of hurt done to them. According to a Motto article:
Women can submit to the exhibit throughout its run this fall and winter by dropping off their materials at the museum, sending them by mail to the museum or emailing them to [email protected]
The sound emanating from that clip she posted on Twitter is a reflection of what many women, members of the LGBT+ community, people of color, and immigrants feel.
A guttural anguish that doesn’t seem to let up. It just keeps going. As if someone kicked you in the stomach and pulled out the rug from underneath your feet.
But the important thing is to not give up. Like Lena Dunham said in Lenny:
"Wednesday was a day of mourning. Thursday, too. Hell, I'm giving us till Sunday. But then we fight. Now, more than ever, our power is in numbers and in our refusal to accept the idea that our leaders intrinsically know what's best for us, better than the people we meet every day."
So get on your phones and scream. Yell. Cry. But then you need to fight.