Why You Shouldn’t Let Politics Affect Your Entertainment Choices

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Thursday, October 3, 2019


Why You Shouldn’t Let Politics Impact Your Entertainment Choices

 

In the week leading up to the release of Taylor Swift’s seventh album, Lover, I was asked how I could be a fan of her’s despite differing political views. I responded that if I based the music that I listened to around politics, I wouldn’t have anybody to listen to. 

However this response was not enough, as an interview Swift had with The Guardian showed her take more of a political stand, speak out against President Trump and the abortion laws passed in May. Furthermore, her performance and speech at the VMAs pushed the Equality Act. Both of those prompted more questions as to how I could continue to be a fan. 

 

Yes, It Is Possible To Separate Politics and Entertainment

Although there will be times where entertainment and politics will eventually mash up, it is possible to enjoy songs from your favorite musicians, jokes from your favorite comedians, and tv shows and movies from your favorite actors and actresses. Both fans and people in the music and television industry need to remember that not everything needs to be political. 

However, when everything is made political, something that Roger Waters and Seth Meyers have done, it is hard to continue listening to their music or watch their comedy acts. Waters made criticism of President Trump the focal point of his 2017-2018 Us + Them tour while Meyers’ opening monologues are just used for bashing the President and several other conservatives.

Although there is some political commentary on Swift’s latest album (songs like “Miss Americana” and “Heartbreak Prince” and “You Need To Calm Down”) the rest of the album still good and those verses and choruses shouldn’t define the whole album. Even Paul McCartney, who is my favorite musician of all time, has ventured into the political realm multiple times. His appearance to accept the Gershwin Award in 2010 was my first encounter with a musician going political, but I didn’t care because I enjoy his music. One song from his latest album Egypt Station, “Despite Repeated Warnings,” refers to President Trump as a mad man but once again, that song does not define the whole album for me.

Several of my favorite TV shows have actors who are not President Trump’s biggest fans. For example, Amy Poehler, who is known for her role as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation as well as her time on Saturday Night Live, is a known liberal who wrote a letter to America following Trump’s election in the perspective of her character on Parks and Recreation. Even John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, known as Jim and Pam on The Office, have been critical of the President and his actions during his campaign, specifically Trump and other candidates politicizing 13 Hours, or policies. Fischer’s notable criticism was for the 2017 tax bill getting rid of teacher deductions, something she apologized for tweeting after doing more research on the bill. However I will not stop watching these shows because they provide a comedic relief and break from politics in the real world.

While I am unfortunately not surprised about politics having more of a place in the entertainment world, I have to remember that, despite differences I have with celebrities on certain issues, politics should not determine whether I’ll watch their shows, buy their music, or go to their concerts. The entertainment quality is great and separating that from politics is essential.

Matthew Edwards graduated from Illinois State University in December 2017 with a degree in political science and mass media. While he isn’t writing he is watching sports, going to concerts, and active in several church activities. He hopes to work for Fox News someday in production or as an on-air personality.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Matthew Edwards

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Matthew Edwards graduated from Illinois State University in December 2017 with a degree in political science and mass media. While he isn’t writing he is watching sports, going to concerts, and active in several church activities. He hopes to work for Fox News someday in production or as an on-air personality.

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