Celebrities put quite a bit of importance in their own opinion, mainly because millions of people also do. For some reason, our society has come to the conclusion that if someone acts in a movie or show, then their opinion should be held above everyone else’s.
But actors, for the most part, are stupid. Those aren’t my words. Those are the words of Anthony Hopkins.
While it’s definitely fun to see a celebrity agree with you, it doesn’t necessarily make your point any more poignant. It’s important to remember that actors live in gilded bubbles that cut them off from much of the rest of the world. Many of them couldn’t possibly know what it’s like to live as most Americans do.
That’s why I have to hand it to Anthony Hopkins, who seems to have the self-awareness necessary to make that observation.
During an interview with fellow actor Brad Pitt for Interview Magazine, Hopkins and Pitt got onto the subject of streaming services and new ways of filmmaking. Hopkins divulged that as he’s gotten older he’s realized more things about himself in life, and made a very poignant statement.
“People ask me questions about present situations in life, and I say, “I don’t know, I’m just an actor. I don’t have any opinions. Actors are pretty stupid. My opinion is not worth anything. There’s no controversy for me, so don’t engage me in it, because I’m not going to participate,”” said Hopkins.
I can’t tell you how refreshing that is to hear in an age where the glitterati have begun to consider is their “duty” to use their platform to affect positive change. The only problem is that their idea of positive change may be wildly out of the bounds of common sense or morality.
What’s more, many celebrities fear the mob more than anything. Making the wrong group mad at you may make it harder to land your next role or may see your next film boycotted. Since no one is louder than the mob, you’ll often find them bowing as low as possible before it.
Case in point, Ellie Goulding recently made threats toward the Salvation Army after the mob launched after her about working with a supposedly anti-LGBT charity. It was a baseless claim, but without looking too far into it, Goulding caved to the mob and threatened to pull out of a Thanksgiving day concert during the Dallas Cowboy’s game in order to promote the Salvation Army’s holiday charity drive.
Goulding ended up performing anyway, but I still wish the Salvation Army had gotten someone else. The performance was horrible. Trust me. I was there, but I digress.
It would be better if more celebrities had this kind of attitude. I’m not saying they shouldn’t practice their right to express their opinions, but the idea that they hold so much weight that they have to drill them into our eyes and ears at every opportunity has to go.