23 April 2008

Jewel to Provide Technical and Intellectual Expertise to Save the Planet

The fact that celebrities often have the impulse to step out of their roles of doing coke on the Sunset Strip and consuming massive amounts of resources in the urban jungle of Los Angeles and wade into the world of politics has always made me bitter. I'm all for people speaking their mind, but do these ill-informed, plastic surgery frankensteins deserve a freakin' congressional hearing? Politico has the scoop on politicians in Washington being wooed by "star power":

Even the celebrities themselves are often surprised at the way politicians slobber over them. When Jewel first testified before a Senate committee last year, she thought, “Gosh, they don’t want to talk to me — I’m a songwriter,” she said during a recent interview with Politico. “There are professionals who know the information and statistics. But I was just brought in. “I had a naive belief that politicians were above being impressed by star status, and I was very disappointed,” she continued, laughing. “But I guess it makes sense. Everybody is just human. I was shocked — I thought they’d weigh things based on facts, not lobbying.”

Aw geez. Even our not-so-trusted political class is swooning over celebrities. And how much hubris can these megastars contain in their swiss-cheese brains to think that they are the most important people on the planet. At least when Brad Pitt talks about whatever the fashionable "cause" is for the week, he's got some good movies to back himself up (Seven, 12 Monkeys). But, as for Jewel, her music makes me wish disco and Cher were back in style.


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15 comments:

Grung_e_Gene said...

Jewel has boobs though, yummy boobs. So I am inclined to agree with everything she says...

http://www.hollywoodtuna.com/?p=2542

LT Nixon said...

Yeah, you can't knock boobs.

Bag Blog said...

What can you expect from a girl who would date a bullrider from Oklahoma. Actually, I like Jewel well enough, but I get you about the "star power" in the political arena.

Bag Blog said...

Wait a minute! Isn't that why they call them "knockers?"

Anonymous said...

Seeing as how you were not listening to whatever scintillating comments she had to make -- I'm sorry, why was she there again? Oh, to impress people, I forgot.

Celebrities -- "fame" gives them brains, didn't you know.
Kath

Ms. Kiyum said...

I just don't understand Jewel's relevance to anything, other than to the faux hippies I hung with in high school

Kyle said...

Celebrities should just stay out of all political matters. The fact that people actually care about what they have to say frightens me.

Lisa said...

You may know that Jewel lived with her mother in a van, and washed in Burger King bathrooms, before she made it big.

She knows from homelessness.

Anonymous said...

Well, Jewel is quoted in the article as saying "I never really reflected on that year" -- her one year of homelessness before being signed to a record deal.

Doesn't mean that it wasn't horrible, but it was her star power that was used to get people to pay attention to an issue.
Kath

Kyle said...

You said it Kath. Why does her opinion hold more weight than the countless other Americans that are homeless for much longer than a year, possibly their lives.

rangeragainstwar said...

Kyle,

Why does her opinion for so much?

Obviously b/c you guys like her tits and boobs, b/c that's all you can relate to.

Kyle said...

Ranger,

Huh? Not following you on that one.

Lisa said...

"it was her star power that was used to get people to pay attention to an issue."

Something wrong with that? Paul Newman, Angelina Jolie, Brigitte Bardot, Oprah... It would be selfish if celebrities didn't put their weight behind some cause.

Otherwise, they're just making big bugs off your passive consumption.

LT Nixon said...

Ranger,

I tried to not bring up the deregatory sexual innuendo in the post (an honest effort), but obviously I didn't make it past comment #2 without something about that subject.

Anonymous said...

It was her star power, but in the article it says that she was even surprised they asked her there. It doesn't appear that it's a cause she was actively pursuing or going around trying to drum up support for or making speeches about or collecting money for.

That was my take on the article, that here, you, come here and talk about this. (Of course the LT got stuck on her boobs, but -- hey, he's a guy.)
Kath