I cannot for the life of me fathom why any person, famous or otherwise, would think that I care about their political beliefs. I say this, even though I am married to a political blogger, and I will probably catch flack for doing so. I’m entitled to my opinion. I will also freely admit that I don’t read his blog because I don’t understand it. I also don’t care for the hate and the vitriol. I’ve never quite “gotten” it. I don’t understand why anyone cares that much. Whether I get all hot and bothered about politics doesn’t change the world one iota.
Politics and elections are what they are. In elections, someone wins and someone loses. It’s been that way as far back as I can remember. There were candidates and elected officials that my father hated. He had a particular dislike for Ronald Reagan. My Dad remembered clearly the movies from Reagan’s younger days where he acted with a trained chimpanzee, and he was always mentioning that fact. I wasn’t sure why it bothered him so much. All political candidates seem to have things in their pasts, some less savory than others. I never got the adulation that people always had for the Kennedy family. They seemed like a hot mess to me, every last one of them.
Despite who wins and who loses, the world goes on. Yes, there have been candidates that I didn’t like that have won. Did my world end? Did my world change? No. I have more important things to do and more important things to worry about beyond who sits in the White House at that particular moment in time. My life pretty much goes on as it always has despite which political party is in control.
Am I qualified to discuss politics? No. That’s why I don’t usually do it. I have a huge sense of apathy about the whole process. It is my belief and my opinion that actors should act, musicians should sing or play their instruments, and friends should keep their political opinions to themselves. I use social media to keep up with old friends, their lives and their families. I’d rather see pictures of friends’ pets or hear about what they had for breakfast than who they are rooting for (or not rooting for) politically. Nothing turns me off faster (especially on Facebook) than hearing a person spout political opinions. I just don’t care about it. Seeing too much of it is usually why I retreat from social media. I disappear sometimes for days or weeks at a time because what I’m reading isn’t all that interesting to me.
Hearing an actor or a singer tell me their political opinions only makes me laugh. Who honestly gives a flying flip what they think? They’re not experts, and thus, they are not qualified to discuss politics either. Most of them would be better served if they remembered what they were famous for and stuck to that only. Hearing their bleating about politics doesn’t make me want to run out and see all their movies or buy all their records. Quite the opposite, in fact. It makes me run in the opposite direction.
So this is my opinion on your political opinions (insert your favorite rude gesture here). And stuff a sock in it.