STFU: Celebrity Opinions Matter

Every Wednesday, Kevin Carr vents on what Hollywood shenanigans are boggling his mind that week in a feature we call WTF. Every Thursday, an FSR staff member refutes him in a feature appropriately named STFU.

Oh, Kevin Carr. In the 8,908,293rd article about how celebrities shouldn’t give their political opinions written in the past year, you claimed, you know, that celebrities shouldn’t give their political opinions. And why not? Because they are famous for something other than their political insight. If you had given any other reasons, I might actually have to work at refuting your claim, but you didn’t.

First of all, as you may have noticed – this is America. The First Amendment states that

…anyone who can find cameras based on their beauty or acting prowess or sheer will has the freedom to make any opinion they have, no matter how unfounded, known to the public and have it matter greatly.”

That’s in The Constitution, Kevin. Look it up.

Second of all – their opinions don’t matter? Kevin, we care what kind of shoes these people are wearing. We care what kind of cars they drive. We care what suppositories they use. We care what music they like. Hell, we care what music their infants like. Of course their opinions matter. Their opinion on everything matters. Because we make it matter.

Finally, to categorically state that celebrity opinions don’t matter is about as foolish as tapping your foot in the Men’s Room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Some celebrities have a pedestrian knowledge of politics, yes. Woody Allen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and that guy who played Boner on “Growing Pains” come to mind. However, just being a celebrity does not preclude a person from having some nuanced political insight. Did you know that Scarlett Johansson played the little girl in Lyndon Johnson’s Daisy Ad? Were you aware that Sheryl Crow and Dave Matthews both are consulted scholars on Michael Oakeshott’s political theories? Did you know that Angelina Jolie has no fewer than 19 PhDs ranging from International Affairs to Animal Husbandry?

Of course you didn’t. Instead, you painted them like every other celebrity out there that thinks they can get on camera and use words that they didn’t memorize off a script.

Do you have a PhD in Celebrity Studies? How about Animal Husbandry?

You don’t. Which means that if anyone thinks that their opinion matters when it actually doesn’t, it’s you Kevin. You may think that these people shouldn’t be given a platform to share opinions on things they don’t understand, but in actuality, it’s you who shouldn’t be given a platform to share an opinion about people not being given a platform to share opinions on things they don’t understand. And if that sentence didn’t make sense, it’s because you don’t have as many PhDs as Angelina.

So my advice to you is to Shut the First-Amendment Up. These celebrities have a right to air their opinions-of-fact, and you’ll only end up with egg on your face when they finish their side jobs on movie sets and recording studios and head back to writing speeches, analyzing poll numbers and writing opinion pieces for The Brookings Institute.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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