In the world today more and more well known people believe that their opinion matters, especially when it comes to politics.
It is like people who have never studied an ounce of political science seem to think they are well equipped to give a political statement.
And maybe they are right.
It is a democracy after all and we all have a part to play.
Sure, we are all entitled to our own opinions and yes, we have the freedom of speech to say what we want but here is who should refrain from doing this, celebrities.
By definition, a celebrity is someone who is famous for talents, wealth, or family name.
Let me break it down to a deeper level.
Most politicians in public life today does 4 years of undergraduate work, a 2-year master degree or even law school, and lastly either paid or unpaid internships.
That is over 6 years studying politics and what goes into understanding politics and therefore are well prepared to give political statements.
A celebrity may or may have not attended an art school or received a degree like journalism, psychology, education, or history.
The main difference that sets a celebrity aside is politicians are actively practicing politics.
They don’t just do it on the side, politics is what consumes them.
I love celebrities and I love their talents.
I’m envious of their carefree lifestyle, but I do not believe they are properly trained in politics enough to give such a public statement that people should actually care about.
Mark Wahlberg had some thoughts on this topic that I valued because they have truth behind them.
Back in December of 2016 he was interviewed by Task and Purpose magazine on this very topic and here is his response:
“A lot of celebrities, did, do and shouldn’t [give their political opinions],” he later goes on to say, “They might buy your CD or watch your movie but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family.”
I value this because the issues you and I may face on a day to day basis are drastically different than a celebrity.
What may be important to a celebrity is probably not what is important to the everyday American.
While I love hearing what skin care products celebrities use and value some of those statements I just don’t find it appealing when they give an open and public political statement.
It is nothing against the celebrity, it is the simple fact that they are not all qualified.
Just like I am not a qualified brain surgeon, they are not a politician.
If they want to be then they should jump into the ring and run for office.
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