Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Why Is A Celebrity An Expert?

I heard yesterday that one of the political candidates changed his stance on an issue, ostensibly because of an opinion voiced by a television celebrity. And that set me to thinking. No, this isn't going to be a political diatribe. Not that I don't have an opinion on this and similar subjects. Rather, it's because I happen to think that celebrities--sports figures, actors, musicians, even authors--don't have any more insight than I do about the things of the world. So why should the average American think that these opinions count more than Joe Six-Pack (or Jill Coke, if you prefer)?

If you think back to the last political campaign, you'll recall that movie and TV "stars" voiced their opinions--some rather loudly--about the issues and candidates. I don't recall why, but there was certainly no doubt which side of the fence they came down on. The next time you hear one of those famous voices calling for this or that, ask yourself one question. "What do they know that I don't?" If you find that for some reason they are  more knowledgeable than you, listen to what they have to say. Otherwise, think for yourself. I highly recommend it.

Feel free to leave your comments. I'm interested in your thoughts.

6 comments:

Priscilla Bettis said...

I don't mind celebs of either political persuasion expressing their opinions, but I do mind the media making such a big deal about it. I'd like my celebrity news to be more about celebrities' work: the next album they're working on, how many home runs they hit, where they're filming their next movie, and so forth.

Richard Mabry said...

They're certainly free to give opinions, but--as I implied--they're not experts in everything. Thanks for your comment.

Dawn M Turner said...

I agree with you. Usually, when a celeb opens their mouth to voice their opinion, regardless of whether they're nice about it or trying to beat me over the head with it (as most seem to these days), the question I immediately ask is, "Why should I care about your opinion?" I may like someone's music, acting, or whatever, but that doesn't mean I necessarily care what they think on political matters. I'm amazed by folks around me who do give extra weight to someone's opinion simply because that person is famous. I've told more than one of them, "Think for yourself. Why should his/her opinion be more important than yours?"

Richard Mabry said...

Dawn, you've hit it exactly. May your tribe increase. Thanks for your comment.

Lora D said...

To me, it seems that many celebrities believe they are far more worldly wise and know exceedingly more than the rest of us little people (who don't interact in their high-profile circles). But they have no credentials, knowledge, or experience in areas other than their art. Several celebrities I liked or admired have turned me off completely by their arrogant, condescending attitudes about something. I won't watch their movies or listen to the their music again. I certainly won't listen to anything they say.

Richard Mabry said...

Lora, couldn't agree with you more! Thanks for chiming in.