Actress Goldie Hawn said in a op-ed published this week that COVID-19 policies and general effects from the pandemic have created great trauma in our children, whom we’ve “failed.”
“Today, we are in the midst of a national trauma that could very well surpass 9/11 and approach the heightened terror of the Cold War years,” Hawn wrote at USA Today. “The COVID era has changed our children’s lives in far more real, tangible ways – social distancing, school closures, daily mask use.”
“Kids are afraid of people, spaces, even the air around them – a level of constant fear not seen in decades,” the actress emphasized. “In early 2021, emergency room visits in the United States for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for adolescent girls and 4% higher for adolescent boys, compared with the same time period in early 2019.”
“This tells us that as a nation, we have failed our children,” Hawn asserted.
The actress also touched on the role of social and traditional media striking fear into our children, recalling the fear she felt during the 1960s as her class engaged in Cold War-related drills.
“Helping children understand the chemical reactions that occur in their mind when they scroll through TikTok or listen to the latest horrifying statistic or headline on the evening news gives them the patience and confidence to put things in perspective, rather than fall victim to the emotions of the moment and end up in a helplessness that leads to depression and sometimes self-harm, the kind we are seeing in record numbers among children,” she wrote.
“A child’s mind exposed to real-world fear, without the ability to properly process it, can go down dark passages leading to nothing less than existential dread,” the “Overboard” actress added.
“We need more research, more preventative care and more early intervention,” Hawn proposed. “And there’s still time.”
Earlier this month, the Oscar-winning actress discussed the heavy political activism of Hollywood, stating that she likes to “stay in her lane” when it comes to politics and believes entertainers should strive to “serve” and perform “for all people.” The Daily Wire reported:
SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly broached the subject with Hawn during her Friday show. “I think it’s why it drives people crazy when Hollywood tries to act holier than thou and starts lecturing middle America about morality and so on,” Kelly said. “And you know, these people sitting in Iowa who have never done any, they’ve never tried to put someone on a casting couch … They’re like, you could save your lectures for somebody else.”
“That’s right, exactly,” Hawn agreed. “And the idea that … I do have a feeling about keeping — Okay, how do I say this?”
“A lot of Hollywood has a lot of missions, right?” the actress said. “And you know, you want to put your name onto something that you believe in, but it doesn’t make a difference. And that’s the reality.”
“I stay in my lane,” Hawn continued. “The reality is, is that if we want to do anything, we want to do it for all people, not just for a group or whatever.”
“What makes polarity even more is creating teams on either side of the aisle,” she emphasized. “And I don’t think that’s what we do. I think we entertain. I think we bring awareness to people, just of their ability to laugh, to have joy, to experience it, to cry. We are emotional beings and create emotion in others. And it’s in this case, I think we’re in service.”