Seven Celebrities Who Believe It’s Not Their Job to Talk Politics
by Jerome Hudson
The 2016 presidential campaign and subsequent election of Donald Trump inspired some of Hollywood’s biggest stars to find their political voices.
From Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes to the numerous star-studded pro-Hillary Clinton public service announcements during the campaign, left-wing celebrities have kicked up their political advocacy considerably in the last few years.
However, not every Hollywood star wants to talk about politics, or even thinks its their obligation to do so.
Below is a list of celebrities who believe it’s not their job to discuss politics in public.
1. Billy Joel
Six-time Grammy-winning singer Billy Joel said this month that he doesn’t believe it’s an entertainer’s place to push their personal brand of politics on their fans.
“I try to stay out of politics. I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think,” Joel said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Entertainers, the “Piano Man” singer said, are “more like court jesters than court philosophers.”
5. Reba McEntire
The country music icon said that when she steps on stage, her only mission is to provide some enjoyment and escape for the fans who have bought tickets to see her.
“I take it this way: they have paid their hard-earned money to come in there and fill a seat — parking, getting something at the concession stand, go and eat before the concert — I am there to entertain them, to take their worries away from them, so when they walk out, they can kind of have a little lift in their step and go, ‘Aw, that was such a great break from all the problems I have to deal with during daily life.’ So I’m not going to give them my political views,” the two-time Grammy-winner told the hosts of The View in February.
Asked if her decision to keep quiet about her political views is for fear of losing half her audience, McEntire said, “That’s not as important as this is my job to entertain. It shouldn’t be my platform to be up on stage giving my political views.”
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