In recent years, celebrities have become increasingly vocal about their positions on various political topics. It’s a celebrity’s job to build believability with their audience and more celebrities are using that connected relationship to give their opinion on issues beyond why we should go see their latest movie. Though it’s okay for a celebrity to raise our interest or knowledge in a topic, it is up to us to do the real work of developing our own knowledge and opinion on the subject. On this episode of Media Inside Out, we discuss the topic of celebrity culture and politics by exploring the slow crawl of showbiz into the political realm, the actors who run for elected office, and the Hollywood creators shaping the messages.
On this episode, two guests help guide the conversation:
LiRon Anderson Bell is a strategic communication and digital media veteran and educator with 25 years of experience across entertainment, consumer products and the pharmaceutical industry. Her specialties are public relations, crisis communication, and digital and social media marketing. For more information, see her bio here.
Emma Grey Ellis is a staff writer at WIRED, where she covers culture. You can find her latest work here.