The Point: Shut Up and Act

Disagree. But don’t dehumanize. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

“Dear Hollywood celebrities, you exist for my entertainment.” That’s an actual line from a viral rant that was shared and reposted by conservatives all across Facebook—including Christians. The post’s message was, in essence, “shut up and act, you’re not paid for political opinions.”

Now look, I get the frustration. Celebrities can be unbearable. Stars like Meryl Streep lecture the rest of Americans about our political opinions as if being famous for acting and singing gives them special insight. It doesn’t.

But as my colleague, Gina Dalfonzo pointed out at Christ and Pop Culture recently, responses that treat celebrities like trained monkeys who exist to amuse us aren’t acceptable. The folks in Hollywood are human, and they have every right to express their views. And (thank God) we have every right to tune them out.

What we don’t have a right to do is treat any men or women, including celebrities, as not made in the image of God. He loves them and desires their good. And so should we, no matter what their political opinions.

 

Resources

No More Monkeys
  • Gina Dalfonzo
  • Christandpopculture.com
  • March 1, 2017

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  • jason taylor

    There are really two sides to this. Actors do not exist for my entertainment, they exist for their existence and because God created them in His own image. They do however work for my entertainment and take, if not my money, someone’s money and letting art slip at the expense of propaganda is theft. I don’t claim barristas exist for my entertainment but they usually don’t drop unasked political comments with their coffee. On the other hand if it’s propaganda someone agrees with it is not objected to. Who really makes a claim against the right to make Casablanca?