There’s something about achieving celebrity status in Hollywood or as a performer that seems to make these people a little screwy. Well, perhaps they really are more than just a little peculiar what with their bizarre and outrageous lifestyles. Anyway, their politics typically turns into an incoherent mix of positions taken from the hard left. These are not people who produce reasoned arguments that conservatives will oppose. They simply spout slogans and support causes that feel good to them. As a result, they really do look ridiculous.
The tragedy here isn’t that these celebrities often hold absurd or even dangerous ideas, it’s that there are people who take them seriously, not because of the depth or quality of their arguments (they have none), but because of who they are. Naturally, this plays right into the hands of these leftist celebrities in that it exempts them from needing to actually think about what they are going to say. Instead they just make outrageous comments that are designed to appeal to the emotions rather than any sort of thought process. To the degree that there are those who are mesmerized by these entertainment stars and mindlessly adopt their rantings is a measure of the danger they present.
Of course they have First Amendment rights like we all do. That’s not the issue here. The issue is whether they are exercising those rights in a responsible and intelligent way. Again, there’s no constitutional requirement that you do that to enjoy the right to free speech, but it would be nice. Instead, we have the recent example of the women’s march in Washington, DC, where not only was much irresponsibility on public display in the form of vulgarities shouted on national television, but also by someone who stepped over the line, likely engaging in speech that is not constitutionally protected.
What do you do when your highly-successful entertainment career is largely in the past? If you are a good liberal, you turn into a political demonstrator and an exponent for leftist causes. Your very career gives you an excellent platform to appeal to those who hold to similar political, economic, and social positions. You have instant name recognition and a largely favorable media to spread your views.
In remarks devoid of thought or even decency, Madonna had this to say at the recent Women’s March in Washington, DC: “’I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,’ she boldly declared, according to Gateway Pundit. ‘But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet W. H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War Two, “We must love one another or die.” I choose love. Are you with me? (Crowd cheers.) Say this with me: We choose love!…We choose love!…We choose love!’”
Of she’s just trying to whip the crowd into a frenzy here, and she succeeded. There’s not much coherence in those remarks: Consider the contradiction between choosing love with blowing the White House up. Yet there’s no point in wasting time trying analyze such remarks – that would be to confer a level of dignity on them that they do not deserve. But one thing should be pointed out – her remarks regarding blowing up the White House could be construed as stepping over the line by abusing her free speech rights to make a threat to commit violence against the president. Never a good idea.
She got a lot of attention from her remarks, but she might not like all of it. Turns out that, “[The] Secret Service didn’t take too kindly to her threats towards our new Commander-in-Chief. In fact, they recently announced that they are ‘aware’ of Madonna’s comment and an investigation will be opened. The decision to prosecute will rest with the U.S. Attorney’s office, Gateway Pundit reports.”
Now it must be admitted that they likelihood that Madonna has the slightest idea of how to begin even to plan such an improbable event as blowing up the White House is nil. The real danger is that she might motivate some unstable follower to attempt to commit an act of violence against the president. Whether she should or will be prosecuted is up the US Attorney’s Office.
If the jaws of justice do start to close on her, she only has herself to blame. If she’s worried about that possibility, then good. Maybe, just maybe, she’ll be motivated to actually think about what she says. Yes, we probably hope for too much.
Oh, and by the way, knock off the shouting of vulgarities on national television. In so doing, Madonna, you degrade yourself even more than you did in some of your more revolting performances.
Source: Mad World News