Artists, Celebrities Asked to Disseminate COVID-19 Information to Public
Date 15 Juli 2020
National artists and celebrities are expected to help the Government disseminate information on COVID-19 to the public, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio has said.
“Earlier, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with several artists to ask for their support in disseminating COVID-19 information as public figures have a bigger influence to the wider community,” Wishnutama said Tuesday (14/7).
According to the Minister, people in a number of regions are still unaware of the importance of implementing strict health protocols in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thus, the Government, he said, will work together with artists and celebrities in the hope that the dissemination can be more massive and well-received by the people.
“Since those artists have loyal fans and followers, their contribution is expected to be able to disseminate the importance of health protocols. They will deliver it in their own unique and creative ways so that the public will notice,”Wishnutama explained.
Echoing a similar sentiment, one of the artists Butet Kertaradjasa attending the meeting stated that a number of artists were asked to help the Government convey their thoughts to the public following the pandemic.
“With their respective expertise, these artists can use them to appeal to the public, particularly their fans, to comply with the Government’s health recommendations such as wearing masks, keeping distance, washing hands,” said Butet.
In addition, Butet also said that the artists have also provided a number of inputs to President Jokowi regarding the artists’ experiences amid COVID-19 pandemic.
“We provided input to the President on what the state should do to the art communities, to the artists, to the traditional art actors, dancers, authors, writers, theater performers, film performers, art work crews, shows and so on during this pandemic,” he said. (BPMI)
Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Reviewed by: M. Ersan Pamungkas