You mean celebrities aren’t experts on all those important public issues they weigh in on?

An editorial in the Times highlights specifically the influence of celebrity commentary in the realm of public awareness and funding for disease research, where having a famous face to put on your poster may mean the difference between millions of dollars in research grants.


There is talk on Capitol Hill that celebrities may be losing their luster. Senator George Voinovich of Ohio caused a stir by boycotting testimony by the Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson on the impact of a specialized form of coal mining on the environment. The senator called it “a joke.”


Well, from Sean Penn to Kevin Richardson, hopefully the recent spate of celebrities making asses of themselves in the public policy sphere will serve to limit their influence, and parodies like this will have less import.

last update : 23-5-2018

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