You know what really grinds my gears? Celebrities who pipe up about their political beliefs when the basis for their stardom has nothing to do with the ridiculous crap they spout from their mouths.
When Brad Pitt declared that he and Angelina Jolie would not marry until everyone in the U.S. who wanted to had the right to, it rang a bit hollow for me. Why? Because he’d gotten divorced less than a year prior to saying that. Not exactly a bastion of marital excellence, so why in the world would anyone listen to his opinions on it?
A metric ton of celebrities rallied to help get Barack Obama elected president* and, while it really ticked me off, I neglected to blog about it. I was reminded of this pet peeve while driving home this afternoon. A Green Day song came onto the radio and I remembered how Billie Joe Armstrong was really vocal and obnoxious during election season.
And how his band came out with a subtle-as-a-chainsaw album called American Idiot.
And how he’s wearing eye-liner like an emotionally angsty 13 year old girl and coming out with rock operas, which means he’s tortured and reputable now.
And then I got annoyed all over again.
For a guy who made his fame and fortune writing songs about getting high and whacking off, he’s sure got a lot to say about how our government should be run. Because he’s smart and stuff.
Look, if I take leave of my sense and want to learn how to smoke a bong, I know exactly who to call. If I’m interested in titling my book after feces, they’ll be a fine example to learn from. But, if I want an educated opinion about the way our government works, about how the intricate systems of commerce and law affect our economy and about our role as a country in the world-wide sandbox, the last person I will ever listen to is that guy.
Billie Joe? Just because you’re wearing eye-liner and singing about politics doesn’t mean anyone should ever listen to you.
It’s not that I’m against celebrities setting a good example by educating themselves and encouraging people to vote. I just think they should all shut their traps about what they think concerning politics. If Angelina Jolie wants to talk to me about how she takes care of her hair, I’m all ears. If Oprah wants to share some investment strategies with me, I’d be happy to take some notes.
But please don’t tell us who you’re voting for. The rest of America manages not to discuss their political beliefs publicly (because no one wants to listen to it unless they’re genuinely curious or just itching for a fight, and most people are neither) so I don’t see why they can’t shut up too.
*Please note that this has nothing to do with whether or not I support Barack Obama. I would be annoyed regardless of which politician the celebrities were endorsing.