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WTF: Celebrities on Politics

Scarlett Johansson shows her support for Barack Obama

I hate elections.

Oh, I love the process, and I am eternally grateful that we live in a country that affords us all the right to vote. But I hate the election year stupidity. And it becomes the worst every four years when the presidency is up for grabs.

The thing I hate most about this time of year isn’t the crappy local campaign ads. It’s not the obnoxious yard signs. It’s not the long-winded political debates.

It’s the celebrities… and their pretentious self-importance. Through much of the year, most celebrities stay out of politics. But when an election rolls around, they suddenly mistake their star popularity for public interest in what they have to say about the issues.

This silliness started months ago with Scarlett Johansson’s gushing emails to Barack Obama that made her sound like a love-sick thirteen-year-old girl. Now, things have ramped up to a ridiculous level with the Democratic National Convention.

You’ve got Sheryl Crow and Dave Matthews singing for their Illinois Senator. You’ve got Roseanne Barr calling Brangelina evil for not endorsing Obama yet. You’ve got Anne Hathaway declaring:

I’ve been burned by politicians before that I wanted to believe in and just didn’t live up to it. And I was afraid to trust him and I was afraid to have hope when I first kind of became aware of him.

What the Federal Election Commission?

Celebrities never quite realize that they aren’t famous for their political views. And if the Dixie Chicks taught us anything, it’s that you can’t assume your fan base is going to share your politics… unless all you do is politics like Bill Mahr or the Indigo Girls.

But sadly, this won’t be over when Obama gives his speech at the end of the week. We have a whole new convention coming up, featuring a barrage of red-state celebrities… everyone from reality television stars to country music legends.

Oh, and apparently Angelina Jolie still hasn’t decided if she’s going to join her father in support of McCain. So more ranting by Roseanne Barr, I suppose.

Enough, already. Go back to acting, singing, directing, producing, modeling and dancing with the stars. We really don’t care what you have to say about politics.

Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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