Celebrities these days are more involved with politics than ever before. Though it can hurt careers, many artists on both the Right and the Left risk it, for better or worse, for a chance to throw their voice and their opinions into the mix.
There are still some, though, who choose to keep their names away from politics, likely in an attempt to capture the widest audience possible and to refrain from influencing the way people view them on the big screen or on the stage. Elvis Presley famously said to a reporter in the ’70s when asked about Vietnam protests, “Honey, I’d just as soon keep my own personal views about that to myself. I’m just an entertainer.” And think of celebrities, such as the great comedian Bob Newhart, who rarely if ever share their political opinions in public forums — older and wiser, they know better.
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There aren’t many adhering to such attitudes today, but it’s an intriguing idea nonetheless — especially in a world in which the churn of celebrity headlines as well as social media provide a constant temptation for popular artists to preach.
Here’s a look at seven celebrities who keep quiet on politics.
1.) Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg doesn’t like talking politics and he’s no fan of celebrities that do. While promoting last year’s “Patriots Day,” the actor touched on the notion of celebrities getting involved in politics when talking to Task & Purpose magazine. “A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t,” he said.
Wahlberg added that the results of the 2016 presidential election proved how ineffective celebrity preaching was anyway. “It just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway … They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills.”
The actor, who stars in this summer’s “Transformers: The Last Knight,” further said much of Hollywood is too out of touch to relate to the average blue-collar American. “A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out-of-touch with the common person, the everyday guys out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”