>Why do people think that just because they are famous, we should listen to their opinions on things about which they have no greater standing than the rest of us? Let me give you an example: Susan Sarandon is a great actress. I have enjoyed several movies that she acts in. But why should I listen to what she believes about social issues? The same goes for any actor or musician. If you have an opinion about your profession, that’s fine, but don’t go outside your area and expect me to care what you think.
Here’s another example: let’s say your washing machine breaks down. you call the repair guy. He comes over to your house and starts fixing the washing machine. While there, he overhears a conversation you have with someone else regarding capital punishment (or abortion, or euthanasia, or government spending, etc). He immediately jumps into the conversation and tells you that you should think just like he does about that particular issue. What is your response? I know what mine would be: Hey! Get back in the laundry room and fix my washer! I don’t care what you think about issue X!
So why is it that these “famous” people think that since everybody knows who they are, this gives them the right to tell people how they should think about things? Hey! Janeane Garofalo, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopie Goldberg, Richard Gere, etc: Stick to entertainment! I don’t care what you think about politics.
It’s annoying, that’s all I’m saying.