I read the by-line for a story on the yahoo home page today that said “Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez praises Sean Penn for Iraq war stance“. Now, I’m not going to get into a debate about the war so please, nobody jump on that soapbox, okay? Here’s my issue – what gives actors and other entertainers the right to decide that they are a political, war, international relations, medical, or any other sort of expert other than acting or singing?
I can’t forget a couple years ago when Susan Sarandon was at the Oscars and decided that was the appropriate time and place to blast the President of the United States. How totally inapropriate!!! People neither attend nor watch the Oscars to hear your political views! Don’t get me wrong, we live in a country where lots of people have fought and died to protect our ability to speak our mind and share our views and opinions. I don’t mind if people’s opinions differ from mine. I just think there is an appropriate time and place for that stuff and the Oscars isn’t it.
I can’t forget how Alec Baldwin said if Bush won a second term in office he would move to another country. I’m still waiting for him to go. Jane Fonda was famous back during the Vietnam War for her stance vehemently against the war. And, of course, who can even count the number of times Tom Cruise has run his mouth about a whole host of things? For those of you that don’t know – Tom Cruise is a high school drop out. I’m not sure at what grade he left school or why but I can be pretty darn sure that this means he doesn’t have any special training or schooling or other type of recognized higher education regarding politics, medication, or psychotherapy so he should learn to keep his big mouth shut about things in which he knows nothing. How could he really have the audacity to say how a woman should treat her post-partum issues? What gives him the knowledge to determine that?
So, am I surprised Chavez praises Sean Penn? Nope? My guess is he agrees with Chavez. That doesn’t make either of them right. Oh, and I didn’t read the article nor do I know the stance either of them have taken but it doesn’t really matter as I’m not really talking about whether I agree or disagree with the war. My issue is with the ego-centric “entertainers” that have decided that just because they are in the public eye they’re experts on everything. Must be nice!