I have a message for every single celebrity, even conservative ones: please, PLEASE, escort yourself out of the political realm.
The extreme polarization of political parties and the left’s irrational, overly-dramatic fear of having Donald Trump elected as President prompted a sickening number of celebrities to take to multimedia and social media platforms to gush and fangirl over Hillary Clinton. They took advantage of their popular reputation in the hopes of gaining HRC some votes. One popular example is this video, shared below:
Don’t get me wrong: celebrities have just as much of a right to free speech as the average American. But when it comes down to it, celebrities promoting their own politics are little more than propaganda tools for either side.
Hollywood undoubtedly has considerable influence over younger voters, and there are people who blindly do and say exactly what celebrities tell them. After all, it’s celebrities that set the ground work for what is popular and/or fashionable in culture.
Let me lay out an example for you. Does anyone recall when Michael Moore tweeted this?
Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken – by nearly 2.7 million votes &counting! Silence is not an option https://t.co/HSmP3pREvy
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 7, 2016
The link he shared brings us to a website that reads “#DISRUPTJ20” and states,
On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States.
We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies. If Trump is to be inaugurated at all, let it happen behind closed doors, showing the true face of the security state Trump will preside over. It must be made clear to the whole world that the vast majority of people in the United States do not support his presidency or consent to his rule.
He openly encouraged the disruption of Trump’s inauguration. And slowly but surely, Facebook events for protesting all over the nation from California to Pennsylvania started popping up. One of the protests is taking place at the Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C.; according to the Facebook page, 33K people are interested but only 10K plan on attending.
Celebrities have a tremendous influence on society.
Now, the outcome of this election made clear that Hollywood celebrities had little to no impact (outside the state of California). But if you ask me, we got lucky. And sooner or later, that luck will run out.
So please, Hollywood, help younger generations grow up to be capable of thinking for themselves. Coercing voters is committing a disservice: you promote fear instead of offering incentives to research policy positions and issues. Younger voters would rather follow what appears to be “popular” than risk becoming society’s black sheep.
This coercion threatens diversity of thought and cuts off the open exchange of ideas. What do we, as a nation, gain from that?