‘You Make Me Proud Of My Country Again’: George Clooney Writes Moving Letter To Parkland Students
On the eve of the March For Our Lives protest against gun violence, George Clooney is giving students one last bit of advice.
The Ocean’s 11 star, who donated an amazing $500,000 to the march already, was asked by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students for an interview.
See, Emma Dowd, Lauren Newman, and Rebecca Schneid, who edit the school newspaper, The Eagle Eye, were given the opportunity to guest edit The Guardian to cover the protest.
They asked George to give them an interview (they got ones with Bernie Sanders and Marco Rubio), but he told them while he and Amal Clooney will be marching in support, he doesn’t feel it’s right for adults to take the stage anymore.
Read his inspiring words (below):
Dear Emma, Lauren, and Rebecca,
Thank you for your note and congratulations on the incredible work you and all of your fellow students are doing to make the country a safer place.
It’s terrific that you’re editing the Guardian. It’s a stellar newspaper and they must feel honored to be working with you.
Amal and I are 100% behind you and will be marching in DC on the 24th, but we both feel very strongly that this is your march. Your moment. Young people are taking it to the adults and that has been your most effective tool. The fact that no adults will speak on the stage in DC is a powerful message to the world that if we can’t do something about gun violence then you will. The issue is going to be this, anyone you ask would feel proud to be interviewed by you but it’s so much more effective if it’s young people.
You could talk to a dozen kids like the young kids from Chicago and LA that Emma met with. You could take over the Guardian and make it tell the stories of children by children. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to point to this moment and say it belongs to you. You certainly should do what you want but that would be my hope for you.
Amal and I stand behind you, in support of you, in gratitude to you.
You make me proud of my country again.
All the best,
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