You’ve probably heard Selena Gomez’s new song, “Kill Em with Kindness.” I’ve heard it countless times on local radio, and even more when I was overseas in the UK. The song has a repetitive but meaningful chorus.
“Kill em with Kindness, Kill em with kindness.”
In a world where we wake up to mass shootings, Selena Gomez is asking us to Kill Em with Kindness.
In a world where terrorist attacks are common, Selena Gomez is telling us to Kill Em with Kindness.
In a world where our politicians scream at each other and call each other names, Selena Gomez asks us to Kill Em with Kindness.
In a world where there’s plenty of racism, sexism, violence, homophobia, and oppression, Selena Gomez says, once again, to Kill em with Kindness.
This statement, in itself, is bigger than her career on Disney channel as the star of Wizards of Waverly Place. This statement is bigger than all of her music hits. It’s bigger than her connection to Taylor Swift’s famous girl squad. It’s bigger than her relationship with Justin Bieber.
Your lies are bullets. Your mouth the gun. And no war in anger was ever won.
There is so much hatred in our world today. And there is so much violence as a result of that hatred. In society, music tends to be about other things: sex, drugs, drinking, love, heartbreak. Today, it’s rare for an artist to pen an anthem about treating people with love and fighting for social justice.
We can always look to the past and find memorable songs such as John Lennon’s Imagine. However, Kill Em with Kindness is the latest song that’s been promoting a positive message of love and kindness to the world. Some might argue that Gomez’s song, as positive as it is, won’t actually be able to make people kind to one another. I believe otherwise. Even if listeners don’t fully grasp the song’s message and how it’s release connects to our world’s latest struggles with war and violence, they will have heard the phrase “Kill Em with Kindness” at least thirty times or more. Though it’s not exactly a subliminal message, the lyrics will register with listeners on some level or another. It might make the difference for one person. It might bring some more kindness into the world. Either way, it’s always a positive when an artist releases a song about love and peace, as it might even help to set the tone in society.
So, if Selena Marie Gomez is remembered for anything, I hope it is this song.