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Celebrities and politics: Publicity stunt or something more?

Shannon O'Connor, Opinion Writer

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Over the many decades Hollywood has been around, celebrities have been winning our hearts with wonderful movies, beautiful melodies and, for the most part, how down to Earth they can be. Many celebrities use their fame and fortune to sponsor causes they feel are close to their heart.

However, when it comes to politics, should celebrities be using their fame to convincing us to believing in their beliefs or are they simply expressing their viewpoints? Is it their place to be discussing politics at all?

In recent months following the election of President Trump, celebrity men and women have been up in arms against him. They have been disagreeing with his policies, executive agreements, and the way he presents himself.

Guaranteed, President Trump does not have the highest approval ratings, but do these celebrities have the right to bash their president so openly?

One of the most recent incidents was Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. Streep stated, “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”

She continued to attack Trump throughout her speech. Most of the audience was applauding and crying with joy and agreement. However, some of the audience was on-looking in shock and horror as she publicly bashed the President.

These reactions also applied to the public when they watched her speech. Half the country couldn’t be prouder of Streep, half argued with her saying she had no right to do what she had done.

Situations like these started long before Election Night and will continue throughout Trump’s Presidency. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been blowing up with the debate of whether celebrities have the right to do this. Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn and Stacey Dash fight on the minority side to support President Trump.

They face an uphill battle versing celebrities such as Alyssa Milano.

She stated, “Those that tell me not to tweet politics because I’m an uninformed celebrity are the same people that voted for…an uninformed celebrity.”

In these statement, Milano does make some very valid points, but does it make what she says OK?

Many feel it’s a celebrity’s job to entertain and to distract the ordinary person from their daily lives that consist of work issues, home life, politics, etc.

Seeing a celebrity on a commercial to promote a cause or on a television show to spread awareness is normal behavior to see as a regular citizen. Trace Adkins is seen advocating for Wounded Warrior Project and Kaley Cuoco for ASPCA.

Are we to blame as promoters of these celebrities using their fame to become involved in politics? They would not be famous, if it were not for us.

Even if we are to blame, does this still make celebrities’ behavior against our President something they should be allowed to do so freely?

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