Beware celebrities getting involved in politics. In a 2007 CBS News poll, 49 percent of the public agreed with the notion that "Hollywood celebrities are inexperienced about politics and should stay out of politics." When asked if celebrity endorsements would make voters more or less to support a candidate, 78 percent said it "won't matter to people on way or the other."
I can only conclude that 51 percent of Americans have never heard Hollywood celebrities speak out. Let's take Cher, the singer who can't honor her promises to retire. Upon Barack Obama's inauguration, Cher told CNSNews.com that she loved the new president. "I just think he's totally the right person at this time in our history," she said. "He brings something more in his spirit than maybe another president could be even with the same intelligence. There's something about him that brings more with his spirit, and that's what Americans need right now."
OK, I'm totally cool with that. But why, then, add the next sentence: "Republicans almost killed me."
Asked how Republicans somehow "killed" her, Cher wasn't specific. She just couldn't understand why people would lower themselves to voting GOP. "You know what? I have so -- I try to be charitable, and there are some really good Republicans, but I just don't understand how anyone would want to be a Republican," she said. "If you're poor, if you're any kind of minority -- gay, black, Latino, anything. If you're not a rich -- I don't know. If you're not a rich [white] born-again-Christian, I don't get it."
Those are the crucial words, "I don't get it." Celebrities aren't expected to make sense, they're only expected to be famous. Cher doesn't seem to have any stronger ideas on how to run the country other than she hates Republicans. Why would anyone let Cher help them decide what they think of political issues? Celebrities like Cher live inside a bubble that doesn't let any reality seep through.
Here's another example. Hollywood people think Republicans are dividers, but when Democrats come to power and shove their agenda down our throats, they can be plausibly defined as "healing" people. Here's Cher on NBC in October: "The country is so divided. And it's still gonna be divided. But I honestly think there are some people that are healing people, and there are some people like this president we have right now, that are just, you know he says, he's the Big Decider, but I think he's the Big Divider."
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