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    Why Do We Give A Damn?

    When a celebrity says something political, why do we react as if an elected offical or government employee said it?

    I love Morgan Freeman, think he's a fabulous actor.....don't care what his political POVs are.

    I love Michael Moore movies, think they're hilarious and some of them quite moving, but again, don't care what his POVs are.

    Rachel Maddow is a media whore (said in the nicest possible way), not running for office. Again, don't care.

    I can keep adding to this list. Point is, we overreact to the news that some celebrity has spoken about our political system as if they had any special insight. They're good at what they do (at least some of them) but what they do is not politics.

    WHY do we care so much?


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    Re: Why Do We Give A Damn?

    Simple really... it is someone using their celebrity status as a way to promote a political point of view. The other way around is also true, as in a host or the media using a celebrity's political point of view for potential ratings. You drag in some guy off the street and it is rare that their political stance becomes front page news. You take a celebrity, like Morgan Freeman, and all of a sudden people (right or wrong) listen and then respond. It is no different than politicians wanting celebrity endorsement for their own political objectives during campaigns, or political groups using celebrities to advance their agenda in advertisement. But, I will agree that if you base your opinion off of a celebrity over your own beliefs, there is a problem. You could argue well that is being pretty weak and I would tend to agree, yet we have plenty of examples of celebrities using or being used for their opinion. Little evidence to suggest that will change.
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    Re: Why Do We Give A Damn?

    honestly, i haven't heard a lot of useful heavy intellectual purity coming from elected officials, either. most of it is pushing an agenda and trying to sloganize the message enough so that the political teamsports pissants can parrot it over and over again without having to expend too much energy actually thinking about the issue.

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    Re: Why Do We Give A Damn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    honestly, i haven't heard a lot of useful heavy intellectual purity coming from elected officials, either. most of it is pushing an agenda and trying to sloganize the message enough so that the political teamsports pissants can parrot it over and over again without having to expend too much energy actually thinking about the issue.
    Fair enough...but then let's take them to task. Discussing what Bristol Palin or Morgan Freeman said seems goofy to me.

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    Re: Why Do We Give A Damn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    Fair enough...but then let's take them to task. Discussing what Bristol Palin or Morgan Freeman said seems goofy to me.
    Celebrities have a lot of media exposure, and popular appeal.
    When they say stuff, ignorant people tend to listen and take it for the whole truth.

    Realistically, their opinion is no more informed than the local dog catcher, but it can have political reverberations.
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    Re: Why Do We Give A Damn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Celebrities have a lot of media exposure, and popular appeal.
    When they say stuff, ignorant people tend to listen and take it for the whole truth.

    Realistically, their opinion is no more informed than the local dog catcher, but it can have political reverberations.
    Let's not generalize here. Some celebs are obviously a joke when it comes to global issues and internal/international politics (i.e. Rosie O'Donnell, Barack Obama, Tom Cruise, Brangelina, or the Jonas Brothers); however, some must be given creedence. Take Chuck Norris for example......... any 65-year-old-man who can still round-house-kick you in the face needs to be listened to. Just saying.
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    Re: Why Do We Give A Damn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Celebrities have a lot of media exposure, and popular appeal.
    When they say stuff, ignorant people tend to listen and take it for the whole truth.

    Realistically, their opinion is no more informed than the local dog catcher, but it can have political reverberations.
    Seems to me, some people are having a hard time distinguishing between entertainers and politicians. A VERY hard time.

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    Re: Why Do We Give A Damn?

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyNinja View Post
    Let's not generalize here. Some celebs are obviously a joke when it comes to global issues and internal/international politics (i.e. Rosie O'Donnell, Brack Obama, Tom Cruise, Brangelina, or the Jonas Brothers); however, some must be given creedence. Take Chuck Norris for exampl......... any 65-year-old-man who can still round-house-kick you in the face needs to be listened to. Just saying.
    While I'm a fan of his 70's and 80's movies, I'm not necessarily convinced that he is more informed than Rosie, et all.
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    Re: Why Do We Give A Damn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    While I'm a fan of his 70's and 80's movies, I'm not necessarily convinced that he is more informed than Rosie, et all.
    Point well taken. However; he can still kick higher than she.
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    Re: Why Do We Give A Damn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    Seems to me, some people are having a hard time distinguishing between entertainers and politicians. A VERY hard time.
    People have stronger emotive connections with celebrities because of the work they've done and the popular appeal of it.

    Morgan Freeman has played many, many awesome characters and has done some inspirational movies.
    No one wants to discredit the man.
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