Politics: Celebrities Opinions
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Politics: Celebrities Opinions

They have the right to express their opinions too

Politics: Celebrities Opinions

This entire election season has thrown everyone for a loop. It was unexpected and dramatic from start to finish.

Throughout the last year and a half celebrities have been using their voice and power to express their opinions on the election and politics in general. Some people have had a problem with this and a problem with celebrities speaking about something "they have no business talking about".

The question is: Why?

Why does it bother so many people that celebrities are using their platform and status to voice their opinion on social media? The people complaining about it also express their opinions on social media so how come it's such a problem for celebrity's to do so?

People seem to forget that celebrities are people too. That they have their own beliefs just like the rest of us. And just like the rest of us, they have every right to express their opinions however they'd like (just as we all have been doing). When we express our opinions to our friends on Facebook, it's not really going to make much of an impact on the world as a whole. Celebrities have the power to actually make a difference when they express their views.

Sure you might not agree with every opinion that every celebrity has but regardless of who you supported in the election, there are celebrities for both sides (not that there should be sides at all because that just adds to the division of our country but that's another story for another day).

You have people like Ellen DeGeneres and Leonardo DiCaprio expressing their opinions in a positive way to enact change. Recently a video surfaced of Ashton Kutcher testifying before the Senate of Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill about sex trafficking all around the world. On my personal Facebook, I saw people on my timeline complaining that Ashton Kutcher has no right to be talking about something that doesn't concern him. Little did they know that he helped save 6,000 people in sex trafficking rings and has co-founded Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children. Ashton Kutcher is using his status to make a positive change in the world. Why is that a problem?

My opinion is that a lot of people have a problem with celebrities expressing their political views because a large percentage of celebrities who have expressed their opinions are democrats. And the people complaining are republicans. (This is just my personal opinion from what I've observed).

At the end of the day, celebrities are still people whose first amendment right is freedom of speech just like the rest of us. I'm not sorry if you don't like that they're using their power to make a difference in the world.

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