Can there be such a thing as too much politics? Debating Europe is an online political discussion platform. Obviously, we like political debate, dialogue, and discourse in all its forms. However, is there an argument to be made that politics is taking over where it really shouldn’t?
Should there be social spaces outside of politics, such as sports, films, music, and entertainment, where people of all political stripes can come together and just hang out? That’s not to say that all art should be apolitical, but rather that if every activity becomes intensely tribal then we won’t really have the chance to interact with and get to know people who hold different political opinions than our own.
In a democracy, everybody has a right to speak up on any issue. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean other people have to like what they say (or continue buying their albums or watching their films). If a celebrity, such as an actor at an award ceremony or an athlete at a sporting event, uses their platform to make a political point, doesn’t it just drive away fans who hold different opinions? Do we risk dividing the world into fans of “right-wing” celebrities and “left-wing” celebrities?
On the other hand, the most powerful politician in the world, US President Donald Trump, was (is?) a celebrity. Celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie or Emma Watson, have been enlisted by the United Nations to campaign and raise the profile of important issues. They have a voice, perhaps they have a duty to use it? Why shouldn’t famous people be able to say what they believe?
Should celebrities stop talking about politics? Should somebody take away their Twitter accounts? Or do they have a right (and even a duty) to campaign on issues they care about? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!