The Demographics Just Shifted …

The sides of the current Presidential race have just changed thanks to the latest celebratory endorsement for Mitt Romney …

Basically, everybody over a certain age – forty, maybe a bit more – just went “Scott Who?” and are still going to vote however. Everyone under forty who was ever within earshot of a radio and a pop rock station has just vowed to never, ever vote for Romney.


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  • trj

    Well, Romney did gain several points in the polls just now. So clearly Scott’s lack of endorsement is having an effect. That or the recent presidential debate. Who can tell, really?

  • Irrad

    Oh no! Corey Feldman got stung by a bee and is now all swollen!

  • PsiCop

    He’s a singer, fercryinoutloud. Who gives a you-know-what what his politics are? Why do people act as though celebrities’ endorsements matter? Ultimately, they don’t. Being an actor or musician or athlete or whatever doesn’t mean a person knows more about politics, or economics, or public administration, etc. than anyone else.

    Why do Americans put these people on pedestals they have no business standing on? It’s ridiculous, especially given the fact that so many of them are extremely unstable people in the first place. They’re prone to marriages that last days or weeks instead of years or decades; to multiple stints in rehab; to feuds and rivalries that make no sense whatever; and more. There’s no rational reason anyone ever ought to listen to any of them.

    Militant Rightist Laura Ingraham wrote a book called Shut Up and Sing. I agree with her about nothing — except for the title of her book. Celebrities need to just shut up and sing … or act, or play, or whatever it is they’re supposed to be doing.

    • Elemenope

      I disagree. Celebrities are people too.

      Except Creed. Fuck Creed.

      • PsiCop

        I never said celebrities weren’t “people.” I said we place far too much of a premium on what they say and do. As I said, most of them are unstable people, the sort no one would listen to if they weren’t famous.

        • Elemenope

          You also definitely said that, like Laura Ingraham, you believe they should shut up instead of giving their opinion. It wasn’t just that we listen too much, but it seemed like you were saying they also talk too much. That was the part I was objecting to.

          Anyway, for what it’s worth, if I only ever paid attention to opinions that were qualified in some capacity to be given, I would be a great deal stupider than I am.

          • PsiCop

            Re: “It wasn’t just that we listen too much, but it seemed like you were saying they also talk too much. That was the part I was objecting to.”

            Yes, it’s true. Celebrities definitely do talk too much. They think that, just because people watch and listen to them while they’re on stage or screen, that everything they have to say is important and matters to everyone. I’m also saying that, if any of them were truly mature and thoughtful, they’d realize this is not the case. Being an entertainer is not a credential that grants s person authority or wisdom that no one else has. Rational people know, understand, and accept this fact.

            But since the average celebrity in the U.S. is an immature, self-involved, unstable attention-starved freak, they don’t know this. Maybe it’s time someone dared tell them so. Why didn’t an interviewer ask the rather obvious question, “Mr Stapp, with all due respect, who the f— made you an expert on anything, and why should anyone care who you plan to vote for? Who exactly are you to make these pronouncements? What’s your expertise? Have you any? If not, why are you even here?”

            • Kodie

              Every fucking moron thinks they’re entitled to their opinion, and some celebrities actually do know more than I do about certain things. I’m humble enough to admit that. They can use their position because people will notice them. Anyway, some celebrities are not smart enough to realize how stupid they are, which makes them exactly like regular people.

      • Kodie

        At least now I know that Creed sucks even though I’m too old to know what it is. I don’t think my life has changed at all because of this post, but I feel more informed.

    • Nox

      I do think our culture places far too much weight on the opinions of celebrities. But that culture being what it already is, someone who is a famous entertainer has a podium at their disposal. Some realize this and choose to use it. Some to shill products, some to verify they are as vapid as we already thought they were, and some occasionally try to change the world. There’s nothing inherently wrong with using this. If people are listening anyway, you might as well say something.

      • PsiCop

        Re: “If people are listening anyway, you might as well say something.”

        How about some of them saying, “Listen, I’d love to tell you how I think everyone should vote. But I have to be honest and admit I don’t have the knowledge, wisdom or expertise to do that. So vote whatever way you want.”

        Wouldn’t that sort of honesty be refreshing? Just because people are listening to celebrities, doesn’t mean they have anything to say worth hearing. And what the heck is wrong with any of them just admitting it? Would it really damage their poor fragile little psyches to just ‘fess up to that fact?

        As for Stapp, his own band has gone through at least one breakup because of its members’ instability (including Stapp’s own). He has no credibility about anything; and anyone who’s supposedly a fan of his, ought to know that even better than I do. (I looked him up just now since I’d never heard of the guy before.)

        • Sunny Day

          Sorry Psi Cop, I’m not buying it.
          If someone asks you what you think, you can tell them. You don’t need to be an expert to give your opinion about something. Celebrities are just being human, answering questions that they want to answer. Honestly I think your expecting a level of introspection from celebrities that the general populace doesn’t have.

          • PsiCop

            Sorry but I don’t buy what you’re selling. If someone asks me about a topic I don’t know much about, I just say so and have done with it. I’m not a celebrity who’s too childish to know that sometimes I can be in over my head. It doesn’t hurt me to say it. And I have said it. Celebrities can’t do it. They’re pathologically unable to. It would shatter their tiny juvenile psyches to have to make such an admission.

            • Sunny Day

              But I thought you just said you dont offer your… oh!

              Sorry I didn’t realize I was talking to an expert of the pathology of celebrity.

    • Brian K

      Monarchists (and there are a few of them around, amazingly) argue that many (most) people have some degree of a need for hero worship/obeisance. In a society where we have no traditional aristocracy or monarchs, and where The Owners are mostly colorless business people, celebrities fill this need.

      Plus, the media loves to provide us with bread and circuses????

  • http://www.worldsworstmoms Tammy@WorldsWorstMoms

    Well he thinks Reagan and FDR are similar, so clearly he knows what he’s talking about…

  • blotonthelandscape

    I loved Creed when I was a teen. Love them less now. Still like a couple of their songs, like “Who’s Got My Back Now?” but nowhere nearly as much as I did then.