4.20.2009

Because celebrities are our natural lords and masters

Apparently, Jackie Chan thinks the Chinese shouldn't be too free.
Speaking at the Boao Forum in southern China, Chan said this: "I'm not sure if it is good to have freedom or not. I'm really confused now. If you are too free, you are like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic."

And this: "I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we are not being controlled, we'll just do what we want."

John Pomfret thinks Chan is merely reflecting the views of a typical rich Chinese person. I have another theory, not unique to either China or the particularly wealthy.

Celebrities are idiots, and we shouldn't care at all about what they have to say about anything. We should ignore what they have to say about health care. We needn't pay attention to their various political opinions on popular websites. We can pat them on their pretty, overpaid heads and watch while they throw balls really far or speak words someone else wrote or parade around being famous for no clear reason. But we shouldn't care any more about their opinions than those of a typical four-year-old. (I say this knowing that the vast majority of celebrities are liberal, and probably support causes and politicians I generally support. This doesn't change the fact that they are idiots.)

There are, I am sure, plenty of exceptions. But, as God is my witness, if I never hear from some of them again, it will be too soon.

1 comment:

  1. "Celebrities are idiots, and we shouldn't care at all about what they have to say about anything."

    Truer words, man, truer words.

    Who wrote "actor minus script equals incoherence?" Cathy Seipp mentioned it once, but she wasn't the originator. I think.

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