A story about a girl , Rethink, Reskill, Reboot

The 'Fatima' advert was tone deaf and a classic example of  why some marketeers fall into a group of their own where  they  really do need to give their heads a wobble...

As it was all kicking off  I wrote the following on  a different social media channel. 

"The whole Fatima advert thing has been a convenient distraction  for those who would want  to see the arts be removed from wider public consumption and to see access to vocational training even more restricted  than it currently is. 

It's also going to be used to prove the performing arts community are 'unreasonable' and 'histrionic'.
One of the great ironies in this is that many of the professional performers I know have already have multiple strings to their bows job and career wise, as do many of those I know who perform as an an amateur or on a very casual basis...

Billionaire  Impresarios saying the government aren't doing enough really is not going to change things either..."

The advert was rather tone deaf but equally it was jumped on to the complete and utter ignorance of the others in the series and despite having a HMG logo on it didn't come from the Government it came from a training provider who delivers  accredited 'Cyber First' training... 

Other than being the kick off for this post that's not what i'm going to talk about in this post. 

Those who know me IRL and/or have read the blog for a long time will be aware of  my professional background in Healthcare, and how through various circumstances I no longer work in that Sector, but that is not the first time I've had to 'Rethink, Reskill, Reboot'... 

There is also a habit among some people of assuming that when you question the reactions  we saw to the Fatima advert that you are in some way  supporting the shower of twatbadgers that is the current Conservative Government. 

Everyone is one bad day away from losing their profession / vocation / job  whether that is  from  your own actions /omissions,  from something like  an injury or illness or from external factors. 

This does not excuse some of the stuff that is being said / reported  (even if  apparently misquoted) about the viability or otherwise of the Arts... 

The reality is the the  post-Covid  normal  will be different  (whether that comes around  because of a vaccine or because the  virus mutates in a such a way it   does not pose the threat initially  thought or the threat we have seen it pose  during this year). 

Support  your Artists,  Support their endeavours  at present, ensure that you  make it clear to  politicians that the Arts are not an optional extra for the rich and that  dismantling the structures   in place  reduces access to the arts and truely will make them a 'pass time for the  rich ' ... 










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