Celebrity Showdown: Trumping Platforms

By Anthony Mattariello

Perspectives Editor

President Donald Trump has recently been the recipient of a barrage of confabulations against him.

Various news anchors and radio hosts have bashed Trump for decisions he makes. Some of the most outspoken people in the media have been entertainers.

From Twitter rants to speeches, some celebrities are using their popularity and their platforms to speak out against Trump.

Many of these opinions have been from A-list entertainers. Meryl Streep voiced her opinions during her speech at the Golden Globes.

Streep had received an award for her lifetime of work and during the acceptance she decided to speak out against Trump.

“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back,” Streep said during the awards show.

This past Sunday another celebrity activist spoke out at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards.“Stranger Things” actor David Harbour, who plays Chief Jim Hopper on the show, accepted the awar.

Harbour spoke viciously against the current immigration laws that Trump put in place.

“We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy what we have envisioned for ourselves and the marginalized,” said Harbour.

With many celebrities using their popularity to broadcast their outcries against, Trump a new debate has arose.

Should these people, who are paid to entertain us, be allowed to expose us to their own political beliefs?

Some students believe that celebrities have a right to speak about their opinions, but believe they shouldn’t and should have to face consequences if they do.

“Should they use award speeches to push a political propaganda? No, but they have that right. They just can’t complain about being out of a job afterwards. Producers, directors, and public sponsors should be allowed to discontinue using that celebrity for conflicting interests,” said senior Alyssa Pitre.

Other students feel more lax about the situation and just think that celebrities should just pay more attention to how they present their views.

“I think it’s great we live in a time where everyone wants to be heard when it comes to politics. However, people who have a larger following due to there social status should be mindful of what they are saying and sharing on media platforms,” said sophomore Anthony Sarno.

Some people believe that everyone have the right to express their feelings no matter what the situation.

“If you are a person of the United States and you believe in something you should be able use any platform you can to talk about it. Whether you’re a celebrity, a taxi driver, or a Dunkin Dounuts worker, you should be able to say what you believe. I think its hypocritical for people to protest against this because a few years they applauded a celebrity talking to an empty chair,” said professor Keith Zdrojowy.

Some celebrities have gone as far as saying threats against our president.

Madonna publicly stated that she has thought about blowing up the White House.

Many students believe that there should be consequences for these violent words that threaten our president.

“I think they should have consequences because that’s a literal threat to the security of our government and our country’s safety,” said junior Jenna Rothermel.

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