The most visible critic of Boris Johnson’s Conservative government in the last year was a Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.
Any footballers use social media to support commercial promotions or to brag about their new car. Marcus Rashford takes to Twitter to criticize the United Kingdom’s government for its inept treatment of the country’s increasing child poverty problem.
According to a YouGov poll conducted in May, 2.4 million children (17%) lived in households that needed supplementary food supplies. Due to the government’s failure to assist those in need, Unicef launched a campaign in December to help feed UK schoolchildren for the first time in their 70-year history.
Marcus Rashford Criticism To Government
At the age of 23, Rashford has been the first footballer to openly criticize the government, starting with an open letter asking for the continuity of free school meals over the summer holidays and using his Twitter account to highlight small companies that support the vulnerable around the region.
Some days, he will post for hours, circulating and retweeting local people and councils that are distributing food stamps, food gifts, and care packages from city to city. On occasion, he would signal-boost in the mornings before a Manchester United match, apologizing for needing to take a break to practice for the game.
Rashford Unlocks The Power Of Social Media
Rashford has thereby unlocked the potential of using social media for the common good. His deeds are noble and inspiring; he has emerged as a true role model, both on and off the field.
Footballers are among the highest-paid athletes in the world, with millions of adoring followers worldwide, but few have used their celebrity status for the betterment of society like Rashford.
Others donate to charities daily, some have established foundations of their names, and some kneel before the whistle to raise money in the fight against racism. However, Rashford’s overt, public advocacy – which resulted in a reversal of the decision not to offer free school meals over the holidays – is clear.
Rashford has received an MBE, been elected BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and has been named to Time magazine’s 100 Next lists. He has also signed with Roc Nation Sports, a company that would not pick their customers lightly.
Rashford, on the other hand, may argue about the true reward for his efforts. His efforts in demonstrating how simple it is to use a voice to campaign for a better future.
Footballers are becoming more aware of their potential to affect long-term social change digitally. Rashford’s celebrity status, as well as his openness in publicly challenging the government via Twitter, were critical.
Marcus Rashford Not Immune To Cyber Brutality
Social networking can be just as negative as it is effective. Rashford is not immune to the brutality of cyberspace. He is not blind to the toxic edge. Having been subjected to racial harassment on the same website where he once advocated for free school meals.
The same phenomenon that made Rashford’s online activism so successful still applies to those who wish to harass others. Every semblance of space has disappeared. Rashford faced online backlash after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Arsenal in January. He describes the event as humanity and social media at its worst. Fellow Black athletes were harassed during the following week. They were Reece James, Romaine Sawyers, Axel Tuanzebe, and Anthony Martial.
Rashford, to his credit, refused to allow racists a voice by joining them in their hatred. “It would be irresponsible to do so… I have lovely children in all colors that follow me and don’t need to read it,” he stated.
Rashford Challenge To Social Media Companies
Rashford has since urged social media sites to help manage cases of online discrimination and abuse. Marcus believed this should have begun even sooner. Bullying on social media occurs when those who engage in it want to humiliate their victims. Telling people how ridiculous their errors brought on a sadistic glee.