The same goes for NFL players. Being gigantic, pumped full of steroids and being willing to suffer head injuries doesn’t make you a fountain of political wisdom. In fact, protesting the flag probably did more harm than good. There are more than a few conservatives like Rick Perry who are interested in criminal justice reform. Lots of people on the Right are in favor of body cameras for the police. Unfortunately, having rational conversations with people who can help you achieve your goals doesn’t get you as many cool points with the cool kids on the Left as disrespecting the flag of a country that made you rich and famous for playing a game.
Ironically, this is how it usually turns out for celebrities and athletes who venture into politics. Most celebrities love Obama and the Democrats and hate all things Republican; yet the GOP has the House, the Senate and the White House along with state legislatures and governorships galore. So, how much good have Emma Watson, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio done for the Left? If anything, having a bunch of arrogant, spoiled, coked-up celebrities and athletes on your side probably does more harm than good except when it comes to fundraisers.
So, am I saying that LeBron James, Katy Perry, Cam Newton and Tina Fey shouldn’t have political opinions? No, what I’m saying is that no one wants to watch John Kerry throw a football, John McCain act or Elizabeth Warren shooting hoops; so why can’t entertainers stay in their lane, too?
There used to be a time in America when you didn’t have politics inserted into EVERYTHING. Back when I used to watch football, I had no idea in the world what Terry Bradshaw, Jerry Rice or Emmitt Smith thought about politics and it was nice to just relax and enjoy the game. I also didn’t give a damn about what Bruce Lee, Jean-Claude Van Damme or Linda Carter thought about the police, gay marriage, abortion or whatever other trendy virtue signaling celebs might be embracing to convince people they’re more than just a pretty face. If celebs want to be politicians, they should run for office, but if they want to entertain the public, they should do it and do it right. Part of doing it right is accepting that dragging politics into everything you do isn’t entertaining. It’s tedious, it’s tiresome and it’s what people are trying to get away from when they are entertained. So show some respect for the audience that is making your dreams come true and shut the hell up about politics.