Why should today’s celebrities tell us what they think?
48 years ago Eric Barton Comments Off on Why should today’s celebrities tell us what they think?
No matter what is going on in today’s society, every where we look these days celebrities are using their “star-power” to cram their personal political statements down our throats and into our minds. But is there a reason why we should listen to these icons?
What makes these individuals different from you and me? Oh, that’s right, millions of dollars, but that should not make their opinion more valuable than yours and mine.
Unlike celebrities we, the general public, have to actually work for a living and probably will never make the millions of dollars these people receive for starring in one movie role. I personally think all of the money they are receiving is giving these “stars” a power trip and turning these people into Fidel Castro wannabes.
Without even getting into the standpoint of each side of the political spectrum and who’s right and who’s wrong, why should these celebrities force their opinions upon us? Do they think that their two cents is going to change my day?
Susan Sarandon and the Dixie Chicks are just some of the recent celebrities that come to mind when I think of the outspoken political extremists. I don’t know about how much Congress values their opinions, but if Sarandon said we shouldn’t go to war then we should just pull our troops out right now before we make her angry.
The Dixie Chicks, however, will probably watch their careers dwindle down the drain because their brain-dead lead singer Natalie Maines made the worst possible comments about President Bush possible and now their own state doesn’t even want their music to be played.
Not only are these artists and celebrities speaking out on their own terms, but they are also using almost every public situation to show where they stand on the controversial issue.
The most recent and notable of these incidents was the Academy Awards. This presentation is supposed to be the crme of the crop of modern awards shows, but each award presentation and thank-you speak turned into a personal political platform where each celebrity would tell you how they felt on the current war status.
One of the recipients bombarded President Bush with probably the rudest and most controversial statement heard publicly to date.
“We like nonfiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in a time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Shame on you Mr. Bush, Shame on you.”
Michael Moore said that upon receiving an award for Best Documentary even while he was bombarded with boos from the audience.
How does a lame documentary director get away with telling off possibly the most powerful person in the world? Like Bush or not, he is still the President of the United States of America.
Living in such a chaotic world, in which we are bombarded with constant reminders of war every time we turn on the TV or log onto the Internet, we could hope that at least we could stay away from the personal persuasions of today’s top stars.
It’s hard to keep personal opinions out of an article like this. However, quite frankly, I am tired of personal opinions and I know you have to be too.
No matter what we do some celebrity will be trying to use every media outlet in an attempt to change the world with their opinion.
Honestly need to shut up and stay home!