Political Celebrities

Australia
December 28, 2007 10:31pm CST
What do you think of celebrities who use their fame to put forth their political views? Or do you think some of them use political views to elevate their celebrity status? Do these celebrities annoy you or do you think it's a good idea for them to do that?
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
29 Dec 07
Celebrities are normal people. I don't pay much attention on what they do and what they think. Media is pumping all info on us. If they use fame to make change for better, why not.
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@lpetges (3036)
• United States
29 Dec 07
i think if they want to be in politics they should have all the facts. Not just be the money or voice behind someone because its fun. Celebrities have alot of power, and they use it for whatever priority in their lives. They do give a lot to charities, and of course it helps them for tax purposes. Politicians love them for that power and money they have. so, yes sometimes they annoy me!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
29 Dec 07
well we do not get to put forth out political views to the public, so i do not feel they should be able to either, just because they can..Since they are celebrity's some people will listen to them and sway them in their opinions..I think politics should be debated in the political world and others need to keep their opinions to themselves..The only time they should show their political opinions is when they go to vote..
@drannhh (15237)
• United States
29 Dec 07
Each case is different, but it is most annoying when the celebrity is someone with very little education as in the case of some actors who make their decisions rather emotionally and try to persuade others not with any real knowledge or facts, but just because they have faces that are easily recognized. It would be like Britney Spears (or her mother!) writing a book on child-rearing, legal, I suppose, but in very bad taste.
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@Angelwriter (1955)
• United States
29 Dec 07
I think they have every right to speak out on issues that are important to them. People use whatever assets are available to them in order to do what they feel is important, so I don't see why celebrities shouldn't use their fame. I'm not in their heads, so I give them the benefit of the doubt that their motives are pure. And, if some are doing it for more status, so what? It's still up to other people to choose to listen to what they have to say or not.
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• United States
7 Jan 08
I'm a bit on the fence about it. If it's something good they're trying get younger people or a certain demographic to be aware of I think it's a good thing. There are so many problems with the US government and those that run for office that it's discouraging to vote. Yet at the same time we need more voters because we do need our voices heard - whether they are listened to or not is quite another matter.
@AmbiePam (56877)
• United States
30 Dec 07
When someone asks a celebrity who they will vote for and they answer, I'm fine with that. But when they have a show and invite a politician on it and push and push and do rallies for them, I think that is annoying. What is even more annoying, is that some people actually base their vote on what a celebrity says! I believe all elgible should be able to vote, but sometimes I wish we could take away that privilege to those who vote based on a TV or Movie star's opinion.
@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
30 Dec 07
I have no problem with celebrities who use their status to put forward their political views. They dont have to, but it is better to be active in improving ones country & the World by taking action.It is better to use one's celebrity status for the good of humankind. On the other hand, I have no time for celebrities who use politics to further their celebrity status. I think the public can usually pick these kind of people out.