Dear Celebrities, Stop Ruining Our Shows!—Wit Without Wisdom, Ep. 08

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There is an old saying that states, “there is a time and a place for everything.” There is also a song by the band The Birds that put the idea to a catchy tune. And although there are often important matters we feel passionate about, sometimes the timing of the discussion can really ruin a moment.

You know things such as your spouse asking if you paid the water bill during love making or when a cop ruins your new land-speed record just to ask if you know how fast you were going.

Lately, Hollywood and its celebrities have been a big buzz kill to our enjoyment of the mindless entertainment they provide.

We’ll repeat that there are some really important issues to discuss lest you think us insensitive. But keeping one’s sanity also requires the occasional escape into fantasy.

So tonight we’re discussing celebrities unrelenting need to use every award show as a pulpit to share their thoughts and opinions on the state of social affairs.

We’re asking the big questions such as:

  • Are award shows the “time and the place?”
  • Do these social justice messages hurt viewership?
  • Are there better ways to raise the awareness of important topics?
  • Do celebrities suffer from a “do as I say, not as I do” mentality?
  • Who framed Roger Rabbit?

Okay, we don’t actually cover that last question. But still, since our own hypocrisy knows no bounds, we’re using our platform to judge celebrities on how they use their own platform.

So put on your formal evening wear, pull up a chair in your reserved VIP section, and join us as we ponder if celebrities should just shut up and let us enjoy our entertainment.


What do you think about celebrities pushing social justice?
Should they do it every time they’re in the spotlight
or should there be a time and a place?

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  1. Oh, hell no! If you want to be a politician, you shouldn’t have gone into entertainment. The first time I encountered this was in the 1971 Oscars when George C. Scott [best actor, Patton] sent a Native American woman to the stage to accept his Oscar and make a political speech about the injustices suffered by Native Americans. Worthy cause? Of course. The effect on me personally? Outrage! I just checked wikipedea, and to my own surprise, i’ve never watched another movie with him in it. Don’t know if they’re connected, but there’s a moral there somewhere.

    Some actors, from Reagan to Ahnold, become politicians, and them, agree with them or not, I can listen to and respect their political opinions, because that is now their profession. If you want to be an actor, then stay an actor. Or a pro wrestler, or a quarterback. Become a politician, and I’ll care what you have to say about politics. I’m not really talking to the Dixie Chicks here, but if the shoe fits…

    Of course, there is always some subjectivity. When Rosanne Barr, self-described “white trash with money,” went to a rally in support of battered women, made an impassioned speech, and gave a sizeable chunk of change to the organizers, I saw that as an unmitigated good thing. But when another certain asshat, former Playboy model and self-described “actress” goes on public rant after public rant about how vaccines cause autism, and serious childhood diseases are making a comeback because so many starry-eyed groupies are taking her word to be legitimate medical advice, should she be censured? Is that the same as shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater? Not to her believers, I’ll bet!

    Shanny, did I hear you say that music is kind of political? You should have grown up in the 60s!

    Thanks for more great food for thought; you guys are rapidly becoming a favorite stop.

    1. Dixie chicks . . . ain’t no wide open spaces for that career lol. After the show it occurred to me that what really bothers me about the inclusion on those platforms it that it’s just more acting. They’re playing a role in which they have a script but no real foundation. Like when Martin Sheen felt confident in his presidential abilities because he had “played a president” on television. And yes, Marlon Brandon certainly championed a great cause, it’s just a shame his concern for the rape and pillaging didn’t extend to his co-star in Last Tango in Paris.

  2. OMG, 50-odd years back, and how the memory goes! It was Marlon Brando who sent Sacheem Littlefeather to accept his award for The Godfather; George C. Scott simply refused to accept his. My apologies for fostering this misunderstanding, but the principle remains the same without regard to my flagging memory.

    This Alzheimer’s ain’t for sissies!

  3. YES TO ALL THIS. I found myself nodding and shouting, “YES!” over and over as I listened to this. Celebrities who don’t just shut up and do their jobs make me crazy. Just because you have a platform doesn’t mean you know more than I do about anything. You might even know less. I’ll bet there might even be many things I know more about.

    I love Mark Wahlberg’s wisdom: if someone isn’t putting food on your table (and is, in fact, taking your money to put food on THEIR table), you don’t have to listen to their opinion. The Hollywood elite who have no concept of the price of a gallon of milk (or even where to find it in a grocery store) can just go away. I’m sure we’ll still find ways to entertain ourselves.

    I have no problems with people speaking at political rallies (I can ignore them if I want) or speaking about whatever issues they want in an interview that’s designed for it, but in the case of awards shows and similar venues, those speeches are out of place entirely and unwelcome by most. I don’t even care if I agree with them or not; I don’t want to hear it. I loved your example of the wedding interrupted by the time-share hawker. So apt.

    What ever happened to being able to go somewhere or listen to something that didn’t have a political trash-talk attached to it? I sincerely hope that these people start to really feel it in their wallets. They’re getting out of hand, and they’ve always been out of touch.

    1. I agree and what if all the money spent on the Oscars was instead donated to help the cause? The statues cost $400 each and they give out 24 of them. They could simply give a paper award and donate the 10k to victims. But alas it’s not about doing something, it’s about the appearance of concern.

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