A major evolution has taken place in what we know as “stars” and “celebrities” and the star system of Hollywood. In the older, classic Hollywood era, the stars were controlled by the studio. It was their publicist, their agents, their managers, their doctors, lawyers, and so on. They were under extensive contracts that just barely cleared the fine line of some enslavement laws. But mostly, these stars were loved for their mysterious drama on screen and their highly characterized roles, not to mention their privacy.
Today, many celebrities also believe that it is within their power to enter the political world. This has created a lot of controversy, because most people do not believe they have anything worth hearing. It is one thing to have an opinion and support philanthropy, but it is a whole other thing to believe you are of enough knowledge and political standing to deal with the U.N. This meshing of the political and celebrity worlds has been greatly frowned upon by people today, and even such influential media figures like Oprah have suffered in ratings for supporting things such as Obama and political campaigns. I would have to agree with this. Typically, politicians that are discussing major global and domestic issues have studied them and have a background in these topics. Typically, celebrities whose fame has gone to their heads and think they are important because people write about them in magazines, don’t. It is completely useless to hear the opinions of celebrities on political issues. However, if they want to help the world through philanthropy or adoption, or they use their influence on the media to get the younger generations to vote, I fully support them.