Readers know the old saw, “Opinions are like noses, everyone has one”. And yes, everyone does. However some opinions, and the people that voice them, seem to be larger than life, and not necessarily in a good way.
Perspective and judgment is a rare commodity these days, especially in the glittery realm of Tinsel Town.
Take for example the recent utterances of the likes of Madonna at the Women’s March in Washington DC this past weekend. Without a hint of irony, she blasted, “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House” and “It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the f*** up”.
Shocking? Yes. Lacking perspective? Most definitely.
Clearly a good portion of this country is aghast at her opinion, and feel the darkness lifting as opposed to descending. Yet her opinion was promulgated coast-to-coast with a veneer of polished propaganda. A celebrity spoke it, therefore it must be true.
Fortunately, not all celebrities play the propaganda game, and in fact more than a few are pretty vocal about their disdain for the power of the ‘celebrity opinion’.
Gene Simmons, front-man for KISS, opined on Fox Business this past December that, “…celebrities should basically shut their pie holes and do what they do best – act, sing, tap dance…”.
In line with that succinct position statement, Mark Wahlberg stated in an interview that he “doesn’t think celebrities should talk politics”.
Although not explicitly stated in either of these stars’ opinions, the truth of the matter is that the stream of content that comes from Hollywood via the media is, in fact, social messaging and molding in the form of propaganda. And, truth in these instances is in the eye of the beholder.
A proverb from earlier and simpler times indeed speaks truth to power, stating, “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.” And that is advice that perhaps more in the celebrity class should heed!