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Old 08-27-2008, 07:21 AM  
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Kid Rock: Entertainers Should 'Keep Their Mouths Shut on Politics'

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Read it and weep, Dixie Chicks. Shove it Bruce Springsteen. Put a sock in it Johnny Cougar Mellencamp. Because, in a refreshing change of pace for the entertainment industry, Kid Rock is telling CMT Insider via People Magazine [1] that entertainers should stay quiet on matters political.

How many times have you seen the uninformed blather of some goof from Hollywood, or some crank from the music industry filling your TV screen or oozing from your radio? How many low brow maestros have had your eyes rolling when they imagine themselves to have some prescient insight into matters of politics? Apparently rock singer Kid Rock is signing onto your piquancy because he has said that singers should just shut up about politics.

"I truly believe that people like myself, who are in a position of entertainers in the limelight, should keep their mouth shut on politics," the rap-rock musician, 37, tells CMT Insider.

"Because at the end of the day," he goes on to say, "I'm good at writing songs and singing. What I'm not educated in is the field of political science. And so for me to be sharing my views and influencing people of who I think they should be voting for ... I think would be very irresponsible on my part."


That is quite an intelligent point of view. After all, a man needs to know his limitations. For instance, I don't talk about physics because I have absolutely no knowledge of the field. Similarly, these Hollyweird types should avoid talking about things they obviously have no idea about.

What is more pathetic than a Meryl Streep "testifying" before Congress concerning something she has no clue whatsoever about, for instance? Remember her self-assuredness about the chemical Alar on apples in the 1980s? turned out that whole thing was a scam. But she was so sure she was right... even though she had no personal knowledge upon which to base her conclusions. Revealing ignorance is not very flattering.

Naturally, these "beautiful people" spend their days being fawned over and they must grow to imagine that they are the height of human achievement, believing that they can do no wrong and that their every pronouncement should be looked upon as words from Mount Olympus.

So, it is certainly refreshing to see an entertainer admit that they have no expertise in politics. Good on Kid Rock for realizing his limitations.

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Too bad more celebs don't feel this way.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:39 AM   #2
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:53 AM   #4
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:13 AM   #5
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"I truly believe that people like myself, who are in a position of entertainers in the limelight, should keep their mouth shut on politics," the rap-rock musician, 37, tells CMT Insider.

"Because at the end of the day," he goes on to say, "I'm good at writing songs and singing. What I'm not educated in is the field of political science. And so for me to be sharing my views and influencing people of who I think they should be voting for ... I think would be very irresponsible on my part."
First, Kid Rock is not good at writing songs or singing. Second, just because he's uneducated (in most things, not just politics), doesn't mean that all entertainers are uneducated. Third, who the hell is he to say who gets to voice his or her opinion and who doesn't?

I love when people, especially on this board, lash out at celebrities who express their political beliefs. Many on this board talk politics, state their positions and opinions - but for some reason, these people shouldn't? BS.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:16 AM   #6
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First, Kid Rock is not good at writing songs or singing. Second, just because he's uneducated (in most things, not just politics), doesn't mean that all entertainers are uneducated. Third, who the hell is he to say who gets to voice his or her opinion and who doesn't?

I love when people, especially on this board, lash out at celebrities who express their political beliefs. Many on this board talk politics, state their positions and opinions - but for some reason, these people shouldn't? BS.
Good point, just because Kid Rocks only interests are coin and cleavage doesn't mean the average joe should not educate him/herself on current issues.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:21 AM   #7
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First, Kid Rock is not good at writing songs or singing. Second, just because he's uneducated (in most things, not just politics), doesn't mean that all entertainers are uneducated. Third, who the hell is he to say who gets to voice his or her opinion and who doesn't?

I love when people, especially on this board, lash out at celebrities who express their political beliefs. Many on this board talk politics, state their positions and opinions - but for some reason, these people shouldn't? BS.
KD is a very talented muscian, but that's beside the point. I would say the lash is directed towards those that presume that are smarted then Joe American because they are famous. He is also entitles to his opinion that idiots like Rosie O'Donnell need to shut up.
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I guess I don't have a problem with celebs or musicians speaking their mind; I mean, it is their right. Kelsey Grammar should feel as free to say what he wants as you or me. Green Day wouldn't be nearly as interesting without their political bent.

Wait, is Kid Rock suggesting that he shouldn't be saying what he is saying in the OP?!?
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KD is a very talented muscian, but that's beside the point. I would say the lash is directed towards those that presume that are smarted then Joe American because they are famous. He is also entitles to his opinion that idiots like Rosie O'Donnell need to shut up.
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What happened to free speech? It is not Kid Rock's place to tell anyone what or what not to say.
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What happened to free speech? It is not Kid Rock's place to tell anyone what or what not to say.
Hillary is probably thinking the same thing today.
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here is the list of 100 or so most prominent climatologists who believe man-made catastrophic global warming:
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Al Gore, B.A. Government (no science degree)
Alanis Morissette, High School Diploma
Bill Maher, B.A. English (no science degree)
Bono (Paul Hewson), High School Diploma
Daryl Hanna, B.F.A. Theater (no science degree)
Ed Begley Jr., High School Diploma
Jackson Browne, High School Diploma
Jon Bon Jovi (John Bongiovi), High School Diploma
Oprah Winfrey, B.A. Speech and Drama (no science degree)
Prince Charles of Whales, B.A. (no science degree)
Sheryl Crow, B.A. Music Education (no science degree)
Sienna Miller, High School Diploma

ABC - Sam Champion, B.A. Broadcast News (no science degree, not a meteorologist)
CBS - Harry Smith, B.A. Communications and Theater (no science degree)
CBS - Katie Couric, B.A. English (no science degree)
CBS - Scott Pelley, College Dropout
NBC - Ann Curry, B.A. Journalism (no science degree)
NBC - Anne Thompson, B.A. American studies (no science degree)
NBC - Matt Lauer. B.A. Communications (no science degree)
NBC - Meredith Vieira, B.A. English (no science degree)

Al Sharpton, College Dropout
Alicia Keys, College Dropout
Alicia Silverstone, High School Dropout
Art Bell, College Dropout
Ben Affleck, College Dropout
Ben Stiller, College Dropout
Billy Jean King, College Dropout
Brad Pitt, College Dropout
Britney Spears, High School Dropout
Bruce Springsteen, College Dropout
Cameron Diaz, High School Dropout
Cindy Crawford, College Dropout
Diane Keaton, College Dropout
Drew Barrymore, High School Dropout
George Clooney, College Dropout
Gwyneth Paltrow, College Dropout
Jason Biggs, College Dropout
Jennifer Connelly, College Dropout
Jessica Simpson, High School Dropout
John Travolta, High School Dropout
Joshua Jackson, High School Dropout
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, College Dropout
Julia Roberts, College Dropout
Kanye West, College Dropout
Keanu Reeves, High School Dropout
Kevin Bacon, High School Dropout
Kiefer Sutherland, High School Dropout
Leonardo DiCaprio, High School Dropout
Lindsay Lohan, High School Dropout
Ludacris (Christopher Bridges), College Dropout
Madonna (Madonna Ciccone), College Dropout
Matt Damon, College Dropout
Matthew Modine, College Dropout
Michael Moore, College Dropout
Nicole Richie, College Dropout
Neve Campbell, High School Dropout
Olivia Newton-John, High School Dropout
Orlando Bloom, High School Dropout
Paris Hilton, High School Dropout
Pierce Brosnan. High School Dropout
Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens), College Dropout
Richard Branson, High School Dropout
Robert Redford, College Dropout
Rosie O'Donnell, College Dropout
Sarah Silverman, College Dropout
Sean Penn, College Dropout
Ted Turner, College Dropout
Tommy Lee (Thomas Lee Bass), High School Dropout
Uma Thurman, High School Dropout
Willie Nelson, High School Dropout

Politicians:

John McCain, B.S. (Graduated 894th out of 899 in his class)
Newt Gingrich, Ph.D. Modern European History (no science degree) (Hypocrite)
Pat Robertson, B.A., J.D., M.A. Divinity (no science degree)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr, B.A. Government, J.D. Law (no science degree, 'recovered' Heroin addict)

Scientists:

Bill Nye, B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Bill Nye the Science Guy)
Gavin Schmidt, B.A. Ph.D. Applied Mathematics (RealClimate.org)
James Hansen, B.A. Physics and Mathematics, M.S. Astronomy, Ph.D. Physics (NASA, Gavin Schmidt's Boss)
James Lovelock, Ph.D. Medicine, D.Sc. Biophysics
Lonnie Thompson, Ph.D. Geological Sciences
Michael Mann, A.B. Applied Math, Physics, M.S. Physics, Ph.D. Geology & Geophysics (RealClimate.org)
Michael Oppenheimer, S.B. Chemistry, Ph.D. Chemical Physics
Richard C. J. Somerville, Ph.D. Meteorology
Steven Schneider, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering and Plasma Physics

Social Scientists:
Ronald Bailey, B.A. Philosophy and Economics (Science Correspondent, Reason Magazine)
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I have no problem with anyone speaking their mind on politics. This is America, not communist China. If a celebrity wants to put their career and credibility on the line to speak out about a political issue, it's their right.
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What happened to free speech? It is not Kid Rock's place to tell anyone what or what not to say.
It's not an issue of free speech; it's an issue of being irresponsible by using your celebrity and fame....to exert undue influence over matters, which in many cases, you are not qualified to comment on.

No one disputes that celebrities can express their opinions on a personal level, or in private. However, for them to use their fame (achieved in other arenas) in an attempt to exert influence over the political opinions of average Americans is what is irresponsible IMHO.
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