Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The problem for celebrity protesters
One of the major reasons celebrities represent any protest poorly is because they live lives far removed from the issues they raise. It's honestly hard to take their claims seriously, or to believe that they can empathize with the common person's plight. How much could they care about groups and issues they aren't close to, or the people they rarely, if ever, spend time with?
Also, once a celebrity "takes a stand" the focus ends up more on the celebrity than just about anything else, it rarely stays trained on the issue. People forget about the problem when the spotlight stays focused on the personalty. It's almost counterproductive for celebrities to protest much, because so much attention is showered on them, all the buzz seemingly revolves around them from that point forward.
Finally, it's hard to point to any actions which celebrities have taken, to observe their actual front-line involvement, to see where they've gone out and invested time & energy to make a difference. I'm not suggesting they should tap into their vast resources and use their wealth, or to even just show up on the scene, to influence any situation they say concerns them. I'm sure when the time comes they'll step up and make a real difference for the things that truly matter to them.