Roger Ebert weighs in:
You'd think they guy would know the difference between "What I know about mosques" and a general tie raid on the right. Of course Ebert's never been too bright to begin with.
As a film geek, I've long been an admirer of Ebert's work. While he's obviously a very intelligent man, his greatest gift as a writer and critic has always been his ability to bring his opinions and knowledge to the mainstream.
For the past few years, he's been using his platform to promote various progressive causes. Again, I appreciate his fearless honesty.
While I do have a couple of disagreements with his editorial (I wish he hadn't said that a mistake was made to insist the center be in their preferred location; I wish he didn't simplify the Dr. Laura situation to be just about the n-word, etc.), I hope his fame and acclaim will get some more of these views into the mainstream.
LOL! I just love these typo's.
I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure
Sorry, cant bring myself to care what a movie critic has to say about the mosque, and how it makes the majority of us(Americans) less than him, less enlightened than him because we see the intended infliction of harm in their efforts to put a mosque in the shadow of the twin towers.
Just as I would say to Babs, Bruuuuuuce, or Buffett....stick to what you know. Because you have achieved fame in doing what you do well, does not mean you have something meaningful to add to political discussions. His thoughts are no more valid than mine...and he wanders WAY off topic....
His thoughts might not be any more valid than yours (as he addresses many times in the comments to his editorial), but they're no LESS valid than yours either - yet you and I and everyone else on these boards don't let that stop us from discussing issues every day.
I've never understood the whole "stick to what you know" or "shut up and sing" thing. We all have opinions on issues, and are free to talk about them to anyone who will listen. Just because a writer, singer, actor, or other celebrity has a bigger platform, doesn't mean they don't have valid opinions, does it? We may not agree with everything they have to say, but I wouldn't presume that they know less about an issue than you or I (or, for that matter, politicians, pundits, and other people with a "voice").
The three entertainers you mention by name have all spent decades devoting their time and energy to things they believe in. In at least a couple of cases, they have put those messages directly into their art. You don't like what they have to say? Fine - but just because they also happen to sing or act or dance or whatever doesn't mean they don't know what they're talking about (any more than the fact that everyone on here has day jobs outside of politics would mean that we didn't know what we are talking about).
People have no problem quoting Lynyrd Skynyrd or Jon Voight or Morgan Freeman when it suits their political purpose (not saying you, but I've seen all three used recently to make a point), but when the person's viewpoint disagrees with ours, we tell them to "shut up" or that they should "stick to what they know". As Mr. Ebert wrote several times on his blog - it's his opinion; if you disagree, disagree on the substance of the issue. Don't presume that they know any more or any less than you do just because they're famous.