Are celebrity politicians the way of the future?

You wouldn’t want to a lawyer performing heart surgery in the hope to save a life, neither would you want a public relations practitioner in the lab developing the next big pharmaceutical product. So why would you accept a big-shot movie star, controlling our economical decision-making?

It is said that the ever-evolving sphere of celebrity politics is one where politicians are aware of their decline in credibility and reliability. However, they often turn to other forms of political communication , which lead to damage the very credibility and reliability they thought would recover (Street, 2004).

Have celebrities and politics gone too far?

As humans, we react well to people who are are sufficiently trained in their working professions – particularly when they are responsible for changing and impacting the lives of many. This mentality should be applied the same way we view the role of a politician (Kuhn, 2018).

If you thought the nightmare of Trump was soon to be over, you are wrong, since there has been speculations of other major celebrities running for the White House in 2020. In the realm of politics, wealth and vast popularity are essential factors in securing the presidency title (Monroe, 1983). As celebrities inevitably hold those two attributes, fans are quick to vote accordingly – especially when the lives of uninspiring politicians surround us.

According to Eric Kasper, politics and popular culture share a common denominator for as long as popular-culture has existed. Politicians have been seen to exploit popular culture, as they use celebrities to combine their status of popularity to obtain a larger following. These days, it seems celebrates are doing the same. Therefore, it is with no surprise that these two careers have merged together.

It’s a no from me.

The next A-Grade celebrities running for 2020 presidency

Kanye West

It seems Kanye West was the first celebrity to announce his goal for presidency back at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) – surprisingly; all long before Donald Trump won the votes of Americans.

In Kanye’s 10-minute acceptance speech – and when his controversial rants were new and somewhat endearing – the news of #Kanye2020 dropped – “As you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president”.

I think it’s safe to say, we’re all finding it difficult to imagine Kim Kardashian-West as part of the prestigious list of First Ladies…

Oprah Winfrey

Second to the list is – *drum-roll please* – Oprah Winfrey!

Oprah Winfrey had recently spoken out about the allegation of her running for president, which followed on from her powerful speech that was presented in accepting an Award at The Golden Globes.

She said, “about this presidential thing, I thought, ‘well gee, I’ve never in my life ever imagined that I would be in politics.’ And I’ve always said, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no.’

However, after Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, she raised many social and economical issues like, women’s rights and the fight for equality. This caused fans to fire up and begin speculating if she would run for the next presidential title.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Last but not least, it seems that ‘The Rock’ may be adding another well-known name to the 2020 election. Appearing on ‘Saturday Night live’ in November, Dwayne Johnson appeared on the show with Castaway’s star, Tom Hanks when he announced his campaign plans. And of course, this was done with streams of confetti and decorations (real mature, Dwayne).

In an interview with Vanity Fair, asking if he would run in the next election, The Rock’ responded, “this past election shows anything can happen. It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible”.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Line up, girlfriend.

We’re officially in a world of celebrity domination!

When lives and our economy are at stack, we need to understand the importance of appointing a leader who has spent the time researching foreign policy decisions, as opposed to an amateur who has used that time to establish a reality show.

To improve our future, and to improve the lives of the next generation, we must reconsider the way we accept our future candidates, if we want our systems free from Hollywood hotshots.

References:

Kasper, Timothy. 2013. “Homer Simpson Ponders Politics”. Popular Culture as Political Theory (1),  p. 1 – 235. Saturday 27 May. https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt2tv5xb

Kuhn, Cassie. 2018. “We should not support celebrities for president.” The Crimeson White. Sunday 27 May 2018. http://www.cw.ua.edu/article/2018/01/op-celebrity-president

Monroe, Kristin. 1983. “Economic influences on presidential popularity among key political and socioeconomic groups”. Political Behaviour (5), p. 309 – 345. Sunday 26 May 2018. 

Street, John. 2004. “Celebrity Politicians: Popular Culture and Political Representation”. Political Studies (6), p. 435 – 452.  Saturday 26 May 2018. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1467-856X.2004.00149.x

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