A few things bother me about Ms. Bredemeyer’s editorial. This first is a simple statement: “Who cares?” I don’t even know how to react to that…but I’ll try. If someone on campus from the Young Republicans or College Democrats started talking to you about voting, and he shared his opinion, would you look at him flatly and say, “who cares?” I doubt it, because that’s just rude. So why is it OK to say the same thing to celebrities? Is it because they have exposure? Fame? Money? Do these things discount a person’s ability to think? No. These people care about our country and want fans and viewers to think about it. An innumerable amount of people have posted their opinions on polls, weblogs, and bulletin boards, but we only attack the celebrities …why?
The other thing is that it seems to me that she is saying that it’s OK to listen to Christian celebrities, but not others. While the lifestyles of the two groups are different, we don’t know who is more politically aware. I do emphasize that it only seems to me that she’s saying that. But while many of us have read and appreciate Max Lucado’s words about life and Christianity, he’s “no more informed about politics than [we] can be,” so why does his benediction matter any more than Matt Damon’s commercial?
Finally, it’s not really fair to say that all celebrities have “someone else make decisions for them all day.” We aren’t there. And tell me you wouldn’t have a personal assistant or manager if you had the money. Meanwhile there are plenty of celebrities, like Natalie Portman, Hugh Grant, and Kate Beckinsale, who have stellar educations (Harvard, Oxford, and Oxford, respectively). So I say, don’t rely on some reporter to tell you whose opinion you can and cannot listen to, just be sure that you vote with your own.
senior youth and family ministry major from Lewisville