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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by 5544, Jan 20, 2017.

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  1. 5544


    Dec 1, 2015
    Am I the only one that thinks a celebrity's job is to entertain people and nothing else?
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  2. DavetheDude


    Nov 28, 2014
    Most 'celebrities' should get out of my face.
  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Well yeah. A barber's job is to cut hair. I don't understand the question.
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  4. blue4


    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    They have opinions like anyone else. I agree with their political opinions at about the same rate as I agree with the average CEO's opinions.

    A show or a concert that I've paid to see, I don't want to hear too much. But other than that, doesn't bother me.
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  5. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Only if they disagree with you.
  6. friskinator

    friskinator Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    I follow a fairly well-known celeb in the food world on Twitter. He expresses opinions on non-food related topics (yes, politics) quite frequently, and apparently gets a lot of negative feedback for doing so. The usual comments like "stick to food, a-hole!!" Recently, he said "it's funny - nobody says 'stick to food' when I talk about Star Wars."
  7. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Anyone can say whatever they want. As always, consider the source.
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  8. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Why are you so interested in trying to limit what other people are allowed to do or say?
  9. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Depends on the celebrity. If the celebrity is an actor or singer or something, well... yeah. They have a job in entertainment.

    If you're talking about a celebrity chef or celebrity fashion designer, umm, no.... their job is to cook food or design clothes. The fact that they have become celebrities and attracted media attention is on top of that.

    If you're talking about their expressing opinions on matters unrelated to their job, they have the same right to free speech as everyone else, and their opinions are as valid as anyone else's and for the same reasons. That is to say, their opinions are valid insofar as they are based on reasonable grasp of relevant facts. A garbage collector's opinion is worth as much as a celebrity's if he grasps the facts as well as they do, and more if he grasps them better. But by the same token, their opinions are as valid as his, too, by the same criteria. An idea stands or falls on its own merit, not that of the person who happens to be expressing it at the moment.

    If there are matters of grave moral consequence at stake, in any area of life, then I would say a person of whatever standing has a moral obligation to speak on it. Silence would be tantamount to condoning evil when one could have spoken against it.
  10. ptg


    Mar 16, 2008
    While I can understand that some people may be annoyed when a celebrity espouses a particular political view, I would like to think that if I had access to millions of people that I would at times try to take advantage of that and comment on issues that I think are important. To be honest I wish I could do that now!
  11. I have to assume this is a preemptive thread because the Super Bowl is coming and so many people are upset about what Lady Gaga might do.

    How dare she!


    Yeah, I heard a bunch of people really worried about that yesterday, yelling to the point that I figured I had slept through the "big game". So upset about something so trivial.

    Or am I wrrrr wrrrr onnng again and this is about the events of today? Don't worry. That America's Got Talent runner up will be there. Party on.
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  12. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Many times, the more a "celebrity" speaks out on a particular issue, the respect I may have had for that person erodes.

    Entertain me.
    Don't try to sway me.
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  13. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I assumed that the OP had finally had enough of this Ted Nugent fellow and was moved to speak out about it.
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  14. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    If they are passionate about something, fine, do as you see fit. That isn't any different than any of us. They have a much wider, more readily available audience to put things to than most of us ( although social media has closed that gap considerably ). Honestly though, only a small percentage of the celebs fill the airwaves with their ideals. It's just that the media themselves, the snakes and sharks that they are, exacerbate the issue.
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  15. BigDanT

    BigDanT Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    I don't care if I'm a chef, actor, singer or astronaut, if you put me in front of a camera and 9 million people are watching or if i have 20 million Twitter followers, I'd talk about whatever I felt was important -- politics, justice, the weather, my favorite pizza toppings. You give me the mic I say what I want. If you don't like it, too bad. If you don't want to hear what i have to say, turn it off. It's a lot more courageous to use your celebrity to talk about things you think are important than to simply smile and say "go see my next movie or buy my next album." It's not a liberal or conservative thing. Ted Nugent has every right to say whatever he wants just like Meryl Streep does. I can then decide whether or not I want to expose myself to their ideas. JMHO
  16. blue4


    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area

    I would definitely say what's on my mind, especially in these times when facts don't seem to matter to both sides. I don't believe for a minute they should have to keep their mouth shut just because they sing or act. They're not performing animals. They're often way way wrong (vaccines) but they shouldn't be silenced because their career is entertainment. For some reason a farmer in Iowa seems to just assume his opinion is worth more than an actor's. They're usually both bat s@$t crazy.:)
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  17. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
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  18. blue4


    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    It's funny how little respect we Americans have for free speech, despite the fact that we drone on incessantly about it.
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  19. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I hate it when celebs start yammering on about tuna noodle casserole.
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  20. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    "Celebrity" isn't a job description, in my book.
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