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Online Discussion 16 November 2020

Question 5 Should celebrities become involved in politics?

Answers

We think that we could see celebrities going into politics which may or not work.

1. After the Trump experience, No!

Everyone has a life experience to bring to the table and celebrities are no different.

You would hope that their celebrity could be used to good effect. It is possible though that their celebrity could get in the way.

Some people are steeped in politics. If they are willing to get experience from grass roots politics, then why not? The temptation would be to pitch them in without a good grounding, to use their charisma and communication skills.

2. Would brighten up the House.

3. Celebrities, as members of the electorate, are perfectly entitled to enter politics, for example Reagan and indirectly Lewis Hamilton and Marcus Rashford who contributed something positive . On the other hand we have witnessed the havoc wreaked by the American Apprentice who has now thankfully been fired by the American public.

However being a celebrity does not confer superior wisdom but the danger is that their views will be adopted unquestionally by their fans who do so out of adulation and not on rational grounds.

4. No. Like anyone else, they have the right to have a keen interest in politics, but it is the celebrity influence in politics that is dangerous
– Their fame influences gullible people!

For those of us who do not ‘hero’ worship famous people, there is absolutely no reason why we would be influenced by them, any more than the person living next door.

Unfortunately there are a lot of gullible people who listen to the likes of George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, who famously endorsed Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign. Both were entitled to voice their opinion, but who would allow their vote to be influenced by them, simply because one is an actor and film producer and the other a ‘talk show’ host?

If you are in any doubt about the ability of celebrities to influence gullible members of the public, consider their response to George Clooney’s endorsement, and advertising of a brand of coffee called ‘nespresso’. His influence was so effective he was paid forty million dollars!

5. The make up of politicians has changed. You used to get experienced and successful self-made millionaires going into politics.

We live in a democracy; anyone can go into politics if people will vote for them.

One country (Czech Republic?) has voted in a comedian.

Colin Bower
29 November 2020

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