For those of you that watch the news or keep up with pop culture or just watch any of the morning “news” shows, you’ll be at least vaguely aware that Brad Pitt’s mom is in the news. See, Brad pitt is a liberal and his mom is a republican. Recently she sent a letter to the editor of the local newspaper in her hometown, urging people to vote for Romney based on Obama’s recent support of gay marriage. Now people write letters to the editor every day. If you looked in every paper in America and counted you would probably find thousands of letters to the editor every single day of the week. But this letter became a MAJOR news story, covered by TMZ, Entertainment weekly, Extra, The today show, Good morning America, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News to name just a few. Why? because a woman dared to have an opinion different from that of her famous son. They took a letter to the editor and changed it into “Brad Pitts mom hates gays””Brads mom hates Obama” and so on and so on and so on.
So let me ask this: Why does it matter? I’ve never understood why a person would EVER take their political, social or spiritual cues from a celebrity. These people aren’t smarter than us because they are rich or famous, they are not any more thoroughly informed or educated. So why do we listen? because it’s easier to believe what John Stewart says than it is to think objectively, do research and form our own educated opinions? The very thought of this makes me sad and a little sick to my stomach.
The truth is, a celebrity opinion is just that, an opinion. It’s actually no more or less important than the opinion of the high school drop out at the gas station down the street. The news picked up on this story because it diverts us from the truth. The truth that nothing in this country is getting better and our only choices for president are an arrogant failure or a super rich used car salesman. We are getting shafted every day by all of our elected officials, both conservative and liberal and getting us to fixate on Brad Pitts mom is the only way to divert our attention as the U.S.S. America rams into the giant iceberg straight ahead of us.
So please, do your own homework, form your own opinions and think. And if you are going to take your cues from George Clooney or Matt Damon or Ted Nugent or Kelsey Grammer then please, please for the sake of this country don’t vote in this election and please don’t ever reproduce…..