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Has an "artists" political views ever caused you to boycott them?

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I've seen so many over the past several years:

the Dixie Chicks

Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon

Oprah

Bono from U2

the list goes on.

I wouldn't say I choose to boycott these because of their views. If they're a good singer or actor, I would probably still listen to their music or watch their movies. I do, however, wonder why they think they're political experts just because they're celebrities and in the public eye.

Bono (from Dublin, Ireland) can't even vote in an American election, but yet he's an outspoken advocate of the Democratic Party.

I've seen some pro athletes get involved in this, also.

This goes for ALL parties (not just the Dems, as I've listed above). There's some real nuts in all walks of life.

a nice thing about america is that no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you think, you're allowed to tell every person you meet your opinions. you don't have to be a 'qualified' political expert to have an opinion on something, we sure aren't here in the tinderbox.

i'll never get why people begrudge other folks doing that just because they're famous.

being famous doesn't mean you're not allowed to share your opinion. if you've got a platform and something you care about, shout it as loud as you can.

i notice you listed all liberals. if your real problem is their views, man up and say that. don't pretend you disagree with all famous people sharing opinions.

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Rodeo, I think the problem some people have is that their opinions (the artists) shouldn't be worth any more than the average persons. But they do hold some sway over their audience and have the ability to shape others' opinions, especially if the others are young people.

Personally I don't care what an artists' thoughts are on the political process.

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Usually when an artist starts to feel like they should share their beliefs their work starts to become tired and boring, so it might not be a bad idea to stop watching them at that point.

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Eh, I love Ted Nugent, 3 Doors Down, etc, they are total republican but I still jam to their stuff. Most bands don't have a political message in their songs, and if a song has something you don't like, yet you like all the other songs, just skip it.

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a nice thing about america is that no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you think, you're allowed to tell every person you meet your opinions. you don't have to be a 'qualified' political expert to have an opinion on something, we sure aren't here in the tinderbox.

i'll never get why people begrudge other folks doing that just because they're famous.

being famous doesn't mean you're not allowed to share your opinion. if you've got a platform and something you care about, shout it as loud as you can.

i notice you listed all liberals. if your real problem is their views, man up and say that. don't pretend you disagree with all famous people sharing opinions.

I have no problem with famous people voicing their opinion (though as a rule, a significant portion of them are idiots) but I'm bugged when they whine about getting a backlash as if the people who dislike them are "restricting their free speech".

People who are consumers of their "product" have every right to express their opinion of celebrities and their ideas, whether it's verbally or by using their wallet.

Likewise, when people lose jobs because they're controversial, that's not an abridgement of anyone's speech either. You're only guaranteed the freedom to speak, not a platform with which to do it.

In short, the constitution offers plenty of protection against the silencing of your ideas. It offers no protection whatsoever against the people who hear your speech thinking that you're an ignorant twit.

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I have no problem with famous people voicing their opinion (though as a rule, a significant portion of them are idiots) but I'm bugged when they whine about getting a backlash as if the people who dislike them are "restricting their free speech".

People who are consumers of their "product" have every right to express their opinion of celebrities and their ideas, whether it's verbally or by using their wallet.

Likewise, when people lose jobs because they're controversial, that's not an abridgement of anyone's speech either. You're only guaranteed the freedom to speak, not a platform with which to do it.

In short, the constitution offers plenty of protection against the silencing of your ideas. It offers no protection whatsoever against the people who hear your speech thinking that you're an ignorant twit.

So take that, Fat Dixie Chick. :D

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I can't express my true feelings when I am at work and in front of people because I would be fired.

The same could go for Musicians who express their opinions in lyrics, and print.

Also for actors who in front of the camera express their concerns.

That is their job, and I don't begrudge anyone for "firing" them.

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i agree that when you're doing it in the context of your job, you deserve what you get. that's why i think reggie white is a POS for putting on his nfl jersey and pretending he was the official bigot of the nfl. when you're representing an organization your freedoms are limited to what the organization allows or not.

but a famous person outside the context of their company or work should have the same freedom you do to discuss their politics.

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Reggie White was not a bigot. He was a nice man. A very nice man.

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