After a year of the Trump presidency, the only thing that has grown more tiresome than the fast-paced news cycle are the people who are consistently lighting their hair on fire in a panic and treating everything President Trump does as an existential crisis.
Take the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, for instance. Virtually every musician and artist who had any sort of screen time either used their platform for virtue signaling or directed their criticisms to the Trump administration. Save for comments made about the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which deserve recognition considering how abusive members of the entertainment industry have been to young women and men for decades, audiences were force-fed with charged political statements that do nothing to move the needle.
Singer Camila Cabelo used her platform while introducing the band U2 to advocate for so-called "Dreamers" via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that is set to expire in March.
"Tonight in this room full of music's dreamers, we remember that this country was built by dreamers for dreamers chasing the 'American Dream,'" Cabelo said.
Both U2 and rapper Logic slammed Trump for characterizing poor nations as "shithole countries" when they had the opportunity to do so.
And during a pre-taped sketch, a roster of musicians in addition to Hillary Clinton read from Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury, which isn't entirely accurate but paints the Trump White House in a horrible light.
What did all this injection of politics do for the Grammys overall? There was a 24 percent drop in viewership, making it the least watched awards show since 2009.
The resistance to Trump has gone overboard. Everything and its mother has become politicized, and having to listen to millionaire entertainers express their self-righteousness has made the rest of us weary.
Sure, the notion that politics and music are somehow not connected would be misleading. The two have forever been connected and oftentimes create some of the most unique and brilliant work we've listened to. (See: Rage Against the Machine, John Lennon, or Kendrick Lamar.)
If people are sufficiently upset about the Trump administration, they will vote accordingly and turn out anyone who thinks like Trump. Democrats already won the Virginia and New Jersey governorships as well as the Alabama Senate race in 2017. But what's the point of refusing to accept the legitimacy of a duly elected presidential administration, pretending as if you're living under a foreign occupation that must be "resisted?"
And of course, what good is it to continue to "resist" when more and more people are responding by simply turning off their television or changing the channel because they don't want to hear it?
The old adage "You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar" no longer applies to everyone in opposition to Trump. The days of going high when the other side goes low have been over for quite some time. It's a full-on sprint to the bottom, and Democrats seem keen on getting there first just to beat Trump in "something."
Siraj Hashmi is a commentary video editor and writer for the Washington Examiner.