bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
playwright in brooklyn, NY

election response #6,378,892

November 9th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

To those who are joyous today, I understand that you are frustrated, disenfranchised, desperate for work, for a change that feels real, trying to feed your families, clinging to what you’ve been taught is right, if not a little ignorant as to how to actually change your circumstances. I am, too. I understand the way the government works just about as much as a I get how cars run or electricity happens. I do not have a brain for understanding complex systems. I have a creative, empathic brain that loves humans, good ones and bad ones too, that is constantly questioning why they do what they do. I have built a whole life, and livelihood, around these questions. This sort of brain that God gave me is exactly why I hope that you 1.) get the life that you want for you and your family, and the means with which to give them that life and 2.) that you do so WITHOUT condoning sexual assault of women, without apathy and anger towards those who don’t love exactly like you do, who aren’t from exactly where you’re from.  Obama said it this morning. We’re Americans before we’re Republicans or Democrats. But even before that, we are people.

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I’M WITH HER (SHIRT)

August 5th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Full and embarrassing disclosure:  I haven’t really engaged in previous elections for president, or well, really any at all. Growing up with a Dad in politics, I told myself for years: that’s his realm. It does not concern you. Let him be the one involved in that. We didn’t discuss or debate politics much at home, either, given that my Dad had to deal with that shiz all day, and once home, he just wanted to eat his lasagna in peace. Also, like many Americans: the elections always felt, in a way, like they did not concern me. They felt like pageants, like articles I would read but not get. It’s a privilege of a person with a lot of, well, other privileges: to feel so safe and protected, that they do not need to engage. But this election feels at once personal and scary, on so many levels. With this shirt purchased from Hillary’s campaign, color me officially locked in. Active. Engaged. I AM SO VERY WITH HER.

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as it should be

July 31st, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I can’t stop looking at Khizr Khan’s copy of the US constitution and how worn it is. SHOULDN’T WE ALL HAVE A COPY? SHOULDN’T ALL OF OUR COPIES BE THIS WORN?!

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they all wore it best

July 29th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I know that we are  meant to focus NOT on What Hillary Wore, but instead on her convictions (“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can”) and her supporters (this father),  but: she wore white.

Women wear white for weddings, aggressively after memorial day, to clam bakes if those are actually a thing, on rare days when we feel brand new, on boats, but also in the women’s suffrage movement:

and also WHEN THEY ACCEPT THE NOMINATION AS THE CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.

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Politics as Puppetry

July 18th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

It’s official: with Trump’s selection of Pence, our politics are officially an SNL sketch about a president hopeful who picks a likable, milky, man sized  puppet doll (WITH SCARY HIDDEN FANGS) as his running mate, sits him on his knee, moves his voice through him, just to get the evangelical vote, regardless of his actual intentions. You don’t even have to watch the whole thing to cringe / be terrified / google How to Live in Countries that are not Here. Just watch these Outtakes.

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(a substantial part of) the problem

June 24th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I don’t want to pretend to fully understand what UK’s vote to leave the EU really means for its countries, or the reasons behind deciding to leave, or stay. But: I read today that after the votes were cast and counted — google analytics revealed that A WHOLE LOT OF BRITS TOOK TO THE INTERNET TO GOOGLE ‘WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LEAVE THE EU’ and even ‘WHAT IS THE EU?’

AFTER.

THE VOTES.

WERE CAST.

I will be the first to admit I am guilty of this. But also, we all are. We the people of the internets. We get riled up about things before we even fully understand them, because it’s cool to get riled up. We click and like and share but don’t take ten minutes to think deeply about what it is that we are liking / clicking / sharing. We hop on bandwagons cause there’s free drinks inside and mini quiches and old books and people with fun hats and impressive IMDBs  BUT WHERE IS THE BANDWAGON GOING, EVEN? WE SHOULD KNOW. NOT YELLING AT ALL OF ENGLAND, YELLING AT MYSELF.

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America Song

June 23rd, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Cause I’m proud to be an American

where at least I know that some of my representatives care more about doing anything in their power to further secure the safety millions than sojourning early to their beach houses for the 4th of July

and I won’t forget the ones who died

BECAUSE THEY WERE SHOT BY BOTH LEGALLY AND ILLEGALLY OBTAINED ASSAULT RIFLES

and I’ll proudly sit down

next to them

and give them hugs and snacks

Cause there ain’t no doubt it’s time to push and push against that hard wall, to start taking action, to adapt  with this increasingly terrifying world, and if and only IF we do, then

God Bless the USA

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Sticker System

June 8th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Wait, we can all agree that all  18 and up US citizens are flocking to the polling station and submitting their vote SO THEY CAN GET A STICKER, RIGHT? But at least it’s motivating people to pay attention, to engage, to vote. BUT ALSO HERE’S A PICTURE OF ME WITH MY STICKER.

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CINCO DE MAYO, OR:

May 6th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

The one day a year that we all pretend to be well versed in Mexican culture and eat so many chips and so much guacamole that the next morning there’s a carb brick the size of Mexico lodged in our guts and it will be weeks if not months before we want either again, unless of course wait, are those chips the extra salty kind and perhaps is that Guac super chunky and limey OKAY FINE JUST GIVE ME ALL OF THE CHIPS AND GUAC VIVA LA MEXICO I LOVE HISPANICS

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DO. SOMETHING.

January 5th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

ALRIGHT. Maybe this stance is a copout and keeps me from having to make any difficult decisions, maybe it keeps me away from anything that resembles Conviction, but I really, REALLY feel like when it comes to things that divide people so aggressively, the answer is always somewhere in the middle. Media is glorifying mass shootings which is making them far more frequent. ADDITIONALLY, THEY ARE FAR MORE FREQUENT. The answer is not No Guns. The answer is ALSO  NOT sit by and do nothing while it keeps happening. IT IS HAPPENING, AND DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION. And so there must must be a middle ground. Americans have the right to protect themselves and their families from criminals or their own governments or aliens or zombies or robots or cars that come to life or anything that threatens them. If we ban assault rifles, SICK PEOPLE WILL FIND A WAY TO GET THEM ANYWAYS.  The answer is somewhere in the middle. It has to be. I can get behind what Obama is proposing, first and foremost, because he is DOING SOMETHING. He is trying to make it HARDER. He is not taking anyone’s guns away. He is just trying to make it HARDER. Who knows what he will actually be able to implement without congress, who knows if he will actually get $500 million of federal funding for mental Health — but for those who feel like guns aren’t the problem, but that mental health is — are you with him now? Can you acknowledge that SOMETHING must be done?

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