Scooter Braun

Scooter Braun

Bryce Duffy

Pop music can mend bridges, transport a mind and change your world. But it can’t really save a life. Access to health care can. And Scooter Braun, the manager of Justin Bieber, Usher, Ariana Grande and others, is giving it some perspective. 

Braun weighed in on the legislative hot-potato with a social media post that also drilled into the state of today’s nation and how pop culture, particularly his role, fits into it. 

It’s a call to action from someone who has built a stellar career in pop, and it comes as the U.S. Senate yet again tried and failed to pass a contentious Republican plan to repeal Obamacare without a replacement healthcare policy. 

"Today I went to work and I did my job. We booked some tours...strategized on selling some shows...worked to protect our clients...discussed some songs...and worked to make sure all those who worked for us feel good about the experience. Now I don't want to take away from what we do but it ain't that important! When people are talking to me about our drama like it is the most important news ever I'm grateful but come on,” Braun wrote. 

“Today the president disrespected those who have had more courage then he ever did,” he added. "Today millions are living in fear of losing their healthcare with no plan in site (sic). Today someone probably just a few miles from YOU right now is standing over a hospital bed praying someone they love recovers and makes it back to them. I know Pop culture is fun and amazing and interesting and I of all people am grateful for how it has changed my life...but it isn't nor should it ever be our priority. Pop culture is best discussed when it is used to make us smile, escape our issues for a moment, or shed a light on real issues. So remember that...and let's try and get back to the Real Issues. See you at work tomorrow.”

The battle over healthcare, meanwhile, continues to rumble on. Republican Senators will now consider a scaled down "skinny" repeal measure,  which could eliminate mandates requiring individuals and employers to obtain or provide health insurance, and abolish a tax on medical device manufacturers, according to Reuters

See Braun’s post below.

 

Today I went to work and I did my job. We booked some tours...strategized on selling some shows...worked to protect our clients...discussed some songs...and tried our best to make sure all those who work for us feel good about the experience. Now I don't want to take away from what we do but it ain't that important! When people are talking to me about our drama like it is the most important news ever I'm grateful but come on. Today the president disrespected those who have had more courage than he ever did. Today millions are living in fear of losing their healthcare with no plan in site. Today someone probably just a few miles from YOU right now is standing over a hospital bed praying someone they love recovers and makes it back to them. I know Pop culture is fun and amazing and interesting and I of all people am grateful for how it has changed my life...but it isn't nor should it ever be our priority. Pop culture is best discussed when it is used to make us smile, escape our issues for a moment, or shed a light on real issues. So remember that...and let's try and get back to the Real Issues. See you at work tomorrow. -Scooter

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