Celebrities and Politics

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I remember back in the 80's Duran Duran got themselves in trouble when they took a shot at U2 by saying that entertainers are to entertain and not preach politics. Twenty some years later and U2 are still preaching politics.

By now, most of you have seen the Bono/Clooney interview that we have streaming. You may not agree with all that Bono has to say, but you can't deny the fact that he has managed to put himself in a position to meet with world leaders and has influenced much of what is being talked about. At the very least, he did not just stick his feet in the water and get out quickly. He stayed for the big waves.

I was glad to hear him mention Jubilee and the "Drop the Debt" campaign. I have volunteered for them off and on over the last 9 years. It was through Jubilee that I met Bono at a press conference. I'm not a Jubilee supporter because of Bono. But, I can't deny that it wasn't a thrill to meet him.

Should celebrities be in politics? I guess it depends on the celebrity and the politics. Jubilee was blessed to have Bono because he, along with Bob Geldof, helped us to get the attention of the mass media. The problem is that we shouldn't need cebebrity endorsements in order for people to take an interest in what is going on in Africa, or Haiti. People should care because its' the right thing to do. You can't just put the blame on the masses. We must also blame the editors of newspapers and magazines that don't want to put these issues on the front pages where people can see them, without there being a celebrity name attached to it.

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"We must also blame the editors of newspapers and magazines that don't want to put these issues on the front pages where people can see them, without there being a celebrity name attached to it."


i totally agree with this. and not just print but all forms of news media. we live in such a celeb-oriented culture that unless someone is famous, and it doesn't matter if that fame is for something positive or negative, what they are speaking about gets no attention. - i believe someone once said..."and a fucked up world it is too!"

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