What has made you change your opinion of a public figure, organization or brand?
Factors that have changed my opinion of public figures, organizations or brands have mostly been based on whether or not they endorse things I do not agree with and whether or not they conduct themselves in appropriate manners. For example, when Chick Fil-A broadcasted it’s opinion on same sex marriages, it caused me to really look into some of the values that a company is based on before supporting their products. Another example is the Barney’s racial profiling scandal, if a company is openly discriminative or against a certain aspect of human rights – it causes me to stray away from supporting their brand due to the negative connotation associated with the organization. In terms of a public figure, I just don’t appreciate when certain public figures are idolized by youth – whilst conducting themselves in really, really outlandish or inappropriate manner just for fame or shock value. An example with this would be Miley Cyrus. This girl grew up as a child TV star and obviously grew a massive fan base of young girls who adored her on television. As soon as she became legal, she continued to further and further push the limits in her actions by doing drugs publicly, dressing and acting inappropriately, and just conducting herself in a manner that her young fans should not be exposed to. All of this also happened in such a short amount of time, so her fans weren’t really given a “buffer zone” to grow accustomed to her new chosen lifestyle. I’m not one to judge peoples lifestyle choices, however if you are seen as an influence on youth, you need to be more respectful and conscious of your actions when in the public eye.
What factors have influenced your decision to do or not do something?
One of the main deciding factors that affect my actions would be environment and appropriateness. I feel that I’ve always been the type of person to go by the beat of my own drum, however based on the environment and the appropriateness of my actions – I will always consider how I plan to conduct myself. For example, I clearly have tattoos and body mods – and I made the decision to adorn my body with them. But in certain settings such as a christening or around family members that may not agree with my art choice, I do cover up in full regardless of my comfort level. Some people may not agree with this, but in my mind – at a church where my photograph will probably be taken with a child, I choose for the focus to be on the celebration itself and not on my body art.
What has made you think differently about an issue?
After hearing the breakdown of both sides of an issue, is when I begin to base my actual opinion on the issue at hand. For example, in the Rob Ford case, where he is just portrayed as a drug addict monster, I decided to look into his work as a mayor because it confused me as to why he would get so many votes and so many people I knew from Toronto were on his side as a mayor. After much discussion from urbanites and people residing in Toronto – I found out more information about his conduct and work he put into the city, as well as his relationship with younger demographics which further influenced my opinion on him. In my HUMBLE opinion, I think he’s made some mistakes as mayor in his public conduct however he has also done a lot of work towards lowering taxes etc in the city of Toronto. I stand on neutral ground at the moment until I actually reside in the city (T- minus 8 months)