Tom H wrote:It is the very fact that these people are famous and to one degree or another have a bully pulpit that they should be responsible citizens.
The only way I see to interpret your comment is that as long as an individual, celebrity or otherwise, expresses views that agree with your own they are "acting responsibly." However if they express views that are contrary to yours they are acting irresponsibly. Because if Beyoncé were up there saying what a fabulous guy Trump was you'd be just fine with that no matter what the venue.🙂
I take the position that people can say what they want to say whenever they want to say it. It's just words. I like to think that I have sufficient confidence in my upbringing, education, global experience, and moral code to decide for myself if I want to agree, disagree, think more about, or tune out what other people are saying. I don't need to define borders that determine when it's appropriate to express an opinion and when it isn't.
If actors want to use the Oscar ceremony as an opportunity to spout off about some pet peeve, I have choices. I can put up with it. I can agree it's a good way to try to raise awareness on some issue. I can not like it and so not watch. I can tune out the lectures I don't like and pay attention to the stuff I am interested in. And so on.
If the Oscar committee decides opinion speeches are inappropriate they can forbid them. It's their show. If they decide not to crack down on them then fine, the celebraties can say what they want.
I think Trump is an ignorant, immature bozo and every time he presses send on his Tweets he digs his hole even deeper. Even my dog recognizes the guy is a pathological liar obsessed with nothing but his own ego and image. And the world is rapidly coming to the same conclusion as it prepares to move forward leaving Trump, and by default the US, in the dust as witness the preparations for bypassing the US in economic development and growth. My beef is with the man himself, who I feel is incompetent for the job of dog catcher (my dog agrees with that, too), not with many of the conservative values that have been expressed over time on this forum by people like Bob Lowe and others.
What I have just written is my opinion and while I believe the principles this country was founded on give me the right to express my opinion it also gives everyone else the right to disagree or go farther and express their opposing opinions just as strongly and just as freely in any venue they feel will be effective. Whether a particular venue is appropriate or not is a matter of opinion. I happen to think it isn't for the reasons I've stated.
As to the relationship between a person's wealth, status, power and popularity and the validity of their opinions, I don't think there is one. If someone chooses to agree with something Beyoncé says, that's on them, not Beyoncé. If someone feels that Beyonce's star status somehow gives her more credibility than the mailman, who's making that choice? Not Beyoncé.