Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html en-gb 30 Sun 26 Apr 2015 21:38:17 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html The Ghosts of John Galt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=99#comment392 There is only one principle Humanity should always know when considering the motivation of those Human Beings who would live as Gods! The Doctrine of Sacrifice is the ultimate in simplicity. It requires guilty victims. Natural disasters provide the opportunity of creating many guilty victim for exploitation. One must consider this fact - for a mere human being to exist as a God requires that other human beings exist as less than human! For a Human Being to be a 'Star', a 'Celebrity', a 'Leader'; a God like being to exist as superior to their fellow human beings, it requires that the majority follow, consent, accept and believe that one human being is better than another human being! That by some mystic trick, some possession of omnipresent knowledge, special talent, or ability, one human being is God among other Human Beings! This is plainly a ridiculous proposition for all rational human beings, we are all born as equal in our potential to learn and develop ALL - but those who would live as Gods, the fake saints and saviours would convince the rest of us that WE are no better than animals, that we are incapable of learning, developing or gaining knowledge and that WE require such Gods to look after our interests! In order to achieve this perverse morality, it is the fake saints and saviours whom would create all manner of devils and demons, specifically designed to reduce humanity to less than human, to deny the very essence of our being! Natural disaster is the perfect setting for those whom would employ their mystic magic to exploit despair and immediate need; To achieve God like status among humanity. If Haiti demonstrates one thing clearly, it is that our Humanity is always being exploited by fakers, deceivers and evaders! Our collective generosity was overwhelming in the face of suffering, but those in power and control have not offered any meaningful relief to those suffering - instead the resources have evaporated, vanished, or been magically morphed into private hordes of wealth for a few corrupt, morally bankrupt and incompetent mystic preachers of the Doctrine of Sacrifice - These nasty little gangs of thugs masquerading as saviours offer nothing but devils and demons in order that they might be GODS! But we are all human beings, we are all rational and none can be God if we all KNOW this to be true! Tue 10 Aug 2010 07:44:18 GMT+1 amitkumarpathak http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=99#comment391 everybody has the right to get involved in the politics but politics is a wholetime job. one should work for the good cause of the politics. with the aura behind him one can get a initial advantage but it can not be maintained without sincerity.people will follow them primarily because of their magnetic approach.after that there will be an acid test which will keep them alive in the play. furthermore the celebrity should have a clear idea about the situation. going through a grooming up proceess is necessary for anyone who aspires to be a politician.mere glamour can cause disaster. Tue 10 Aug 2010 04:16:30 GMT+1 trythisthen http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=99#comment390 Yes, of course 'stars' can be involved in politics, if they have a solid platform and the electorate are in tune with it. Basic democracy. Tue 10 Aug 2010 03:24:47 GMT+1 Rob Birmingham http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=98#comment389 Politics and celebrity are two completely different skill-sets and have very little common ground. There is little in celebrity that will prepare you for politics. As such, sometimes a person can handle both and can change career successfully; most times they don't and they can't. Most of the time, these celebrity forays into politics are trivial headline-grabs (pointless burbling about misunderstood concepts of karma for example), but occasionally they try to go further with very mixed results.How well Wyclef would do remains to be seen. Mon 09 Aug 2010 21:12:16 GMT+1 Sat_tire http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=98#comment388 This is hardly getting involved, this is running for the top job.Getting involved is what the likes of Paul McCartney do. They make a bit of noise to sell a few records and then forget about it until the record company tells them sales are down again.Wyclef Jean is saying he believes he has what it takes to run his country for the better, he is going for the job full time. Just like Arnie, how many rubbish movies has he released since becoming governor?The only person who gets involved is Bob Geldorf because his career was over when he started to do his current campaigning. Mon 09 Aug 2010 20:47:36 GMT+1 Johns the Man http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=98#comment387 Should stars get involved with politics? Not such a difficult question really, as most people who go into politics have had a job before they go into politics, and often keep that job as well, I see no difference with actors - stars - doing the same.Ronald Reagan became president of the USA, from what I read and saw on the TV he was a good president, the same for Arnold Schwarzenegger ('hope I spelt that right), he seems to have made a good impression as Governor of California, so I don't have a problem with it.But, at the end of the day it is all down to the persons ability, their approachability and their ability to handle matters democratically, the same applies to all who are considering entering politics from what ever walk of life, if they have the ability then why not? Mon 09 Aug 2010 18:57:52 GMT+1 bounce bounce bounce http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=98#comment386 This post has been Removed Mon 09 Aug 2010 16:50:46 GMT+1 bounce bounce bounce http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=97#comment385 No. Pop stars are so thick and stupid when it comes to the world of politics and given how disgustingly rich they are, that they haven't got a clue how the real world works.No. How about giving it to those unemployed graduates with actual knowledge and years of study in the field - be it politics, history, economics or anything to do with the humanities? They need jobs, pop stars don't (they just need to get out of our lives and stop brainwashing us with their mindless corporate unoriginal garbage). Mon 09 Aug 2010 16:45:35 GMT+1 S C MEHTA http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=97#comment384 Refer Kevin Orr at Sr. No. 340 to 344 above: His complaint might be genuine, needing redressal by the BBC; if not, then his complaint, on the said slander against George Clooney having been moderated and printed in one of the comments, should be looked into. I know for sure that the BBC is not gutless. Mon 09 Aug 2010 16:09:39 GMT+1 Sachidananda Narayanan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=97#comment383 Should stars get involved with politics?Many people are sufferers of selective amnesia.Was it not Rev. Fr. Aristid, ruling Haiti in 1994 - perhaps the year Monica was interned in the White House and Bill was the Democratic Pharaoh invading Haiti - to describe the black fumes as "fragrance" emanating from the burning of tyres around the neck of the protesting people in the streets of Port au Prince "for a change" in their government?A star was born then in Re. Fr. Aristid. Where is he now performing?One needs to wonder why the Caribbean nations behave like the African and South Asian countries while the mega-star is just shining north of it in the USA? Seek to find helpAsk, it will be given. Knock, the Haitian will find the doors open to "Stardom"! Mon 09 Aug 2010 11:13:54 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=97#comment382 381. At 11:02pm on 08 Aug 2010, Kevin Orr wrote:361. At 6:09pm on 07 Aug 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wroteNot only are they leftists according to you sick puppy. They are also trying to get us all to support Arab terrorists and are deliberately making anti-American movies like Syriana. But thankfully the BBC will print your lies and unsubstantiated innuendo. And this a democracy which doesn't print the ACTUAL truth whenever another (looney left) blogger comes on to correct you.So keep blogging and good luck with the lies and fundamentalist right wing rubbishOh Please, spare me the sernom Sir the left is a house of cards built on Lies. What I said of Mr Clooney and Syrinna which has now been removed, was why would a "star" like Mr Clooney deliberatly make a movie showing his own country in the worst possible light as corrupt and evil toward the people of that region as we were amassing troops for Iraq. Could he not have known his movie would make the mission harder and more costly? No I contend he knew what he was doing and it was the opposite of real stars of 1940's Hollywood who made robust patriotic movies to encourage their countries determination to win at the hard dangerous work of war.You Euros Mucked up this world Kevin, from Viet Nam, Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Palestine too all the handiwork of European Colonialism and we here in America have been cleaning up after you for the last 65 years and it it is hard enough without having to hear your constant critisism Mon 09 Aug 2010 02:22:04 GMT+1 Mark Bennett http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=96#comment381 "Stars" are people. "Stars have the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else. A "Star" should do what he or she thinks is "the right thing to do". Sun 08 Aug 2010 23:52:44 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=96#comment380 361. At 6:09pm on 07 Aug 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote"So who makes these Stars and why do they all seem to be Leftists"----------------------------------------------------------------Not only are they leftists according to you sick puppy. They are also trying to get us all to support Arab terrorists and are deliberately making anti-American movies like Syriana. But thankfully the BBC will print your lies and unsubstantiated innuendo. And this a democracy which doesn't print the ACTUAL truth whenever another (looney left) blogger comes on to correct you.So keep blogging and good luck with the lies and fundamentalist right wing rubbish Sun 08 Aug 2010 22:02:01 GMT+1 Doozie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=96#comment379 They are a nice smoke screen ;while they already mega rich and making more millions,they keep the poor and desperate in their place ;while in background the mega rich fill their tax free bank accounts. Sun 08 Aug 2010 14:02:00 GMT+1 leoRoverman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=96#comment378 Well they have the prerequisite for Politics don't they. After all its all about isn't it? Sun 08 Aug 2010 11:19:07 GMT+1 RitaKleppmann http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=95#comment377 A successful musician has particular talents. A successful politician also has talents - but they are different. Sun 08 Aug 2010 10:58:03 GMT+1 Andrew Lye http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=95#comment376 As Haiti is one of the poorest nations of the world, Wyclef Jean is at least not going to make matters worse for his country.Normally, I don't favour celebrities interfering in politics. Sun 08 Aug 2010 09:21:05 GMT+1 Sjeh76 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=95#comment375 Well, if they have the political nous and take advice and critisism seriously, then yes. If they just use their 'brand' to change society into what they want society to be, then no. Anyway, surely the electorate will decide, not the stars themselves?Wycleff seems like a decent guy, so he should probably do well. I don't actually believe that the politicians we have in this country are any better than some of the stars anyway. In fact, some stars, being outside the political circle, tend to get listened to a bit more readily. that shouldn't be a passport to power, though. David Mitchell for PM! Sun 08 Aug 2010 09:02:48 GMT+1 foxyeric http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=95#comment374 A politician is as good as his/her advisers around them. nothing to stop a star doing the same. Do really think that a President makes decisions on his/her own?Politics is the same as religion they do it because they believe in something, star or even ordinary people have that right. Sun 08 Aug 2010 08:34:45 GMT+1 foxyeric http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=94#comment373 373. At 06:52am on 08 Aug 2010, bjarlington wrote:I think not. At least our American "stars" should not, because they are not educated about the entire all-over picture. A star may have a pet project, i.e., Angelina Jolie, but probably does not understand the complete political situation. Movie stars should be movie stars and leave the diplomacy to the experts, such as Hillary Clinton, who is well educated and qualified.-------------------------------------------------------------------------Are politician experts! and they are not all educated they take to politics because they want to be powerful, and they do become 'stars' as they have too much media attention. Sun 08 Aug 2010 08:26:12 GMT+1 bjarlington http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=94#comment372 I think not. At least our American "stars" should not, because they are not educated about the entire all-over picture. A star may have a pet project, i.e., Angelina Jolie, but probably does not understand the complete political situation. Movie stars should be movie stars and leave the diplomacy to the experts, such as Hillary Clinton, who is well educated and qualified. Sun 08 Aug 2010 05:52:02 GMT+1 Brian2009 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=94#comment371 Star? Absolute rubbish more like celebrity. Celebrity = income way overblown for actual contribution to humanity which in turn = ridiculous overestimate of self worth and importance.Just the kind of leader needed for a country such as Haiti that is in such dire need of stability and rebuilding of infrastructure.In fact why am I even bothering to think about it?Utterly ridiculous. Sun 08 Aug 2010 05:07:54 GMT+1 kec132 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=94#comment370 The problem with 'stars' getting involved in politics is that they usually don't have the required knowledge, information or abilities it takes to manage a country. What they do know is how to sell a perception, and well, as we can tell you from the States, a 'perception' just isn't good enough to run a country.Haiti is a country destabilized by horrific quakes, and for decades horribly corrupt, leaving most of the people living in dire poverty. What does Wyclef have to offer that can start to fix what is so desperately broken in that country? How does he go about re-building? How does he go about ridding the island of corruption? How does he go about instituting real social changes and getting a public education system formed for all? How does he go about protecting the most vulnerable, the children?Nobody knows, because he speaks in generalities, in soundbites. He's selling himself as a perception, not as a working leader. Sun 08 Aug 2010 04:49:02 GMT+1 Gary Roberts http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=93#comment369 Thing about Wyclef Jean: his politics are rather opaque. Talk to him about his plans for Haiti, and he seems to have absolutely nothing of substance to say beyond what any casual observer might note: jobs, infrastructure, education, etc. Completely vacuous. OK, he's a wealthy guy from the US, although by technicality he is a Hatian citizen. Haiti doesn't seem to be his fan base. If the Hatian people want him that's their choice though, although given Haiti's history, one wonders who is really in charge. Sun 08 Aug 2010 03:39:39 GMT+1 GetOverIt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=93#comment368 If he's a citizen of Haiti, he's got as much right as anyone else to run for office, the electorate will decide! His heart's obviously in the right place and I wish him and his people nothing but good fortune.However, until the population of Haiti realize that they are the only ones who can change their fortunes and don't rely on some god, Dumbledore or whoever, nothing's going to change. Blind faith and fairy tales are useless, education is the key!I'm not optimistic for the future of Haiti no matter who gets in to rule. Sun 08 Aug 2010 00:41:18 GMT+1 sean56z http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=93#comment367 Mike Bloomberg moved from the financial analysis business to mayor of New York. Wyclef wants to make a difference for Haiti. He was very successful in the music industry. His savvy for enterprise would seriously improve his country. Sun 08 Aug 2010 00:34:46 GMT+1 Lenedwin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=93#comment366 I thought all leading politicians these days are 'stars' in the sense that they are a product of the advertising or promotional industry. Not many of 'em these days have the technical, legal, social and persuasive skills to be a self made leader. They are chosen for their physical appearance, their egotism and their self centered righteousness: just like film stars. They are told how to dress and are fed their party lines and stand in front of the citizens and spout them out. And if they should forget or say something personal or not 'policy' a team of 'spin' experts goes into action to straighten it out. Politics these days is like selecting a car. You chose the one with the lowest mileage, the right colour and the nicest accoutrements. Sat 07 Aug 2010 19:23:52 GMT+1 Three Million Posse On Employed In A Dub http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=92#comment365 @ Posing Number 360° (contains Message + Music ♬)BBC MODS said : This comment has been referred for further consideration. Explain*(*)= see below✂---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (cut here)➔ okie dokie but there is nothing to explain :3 million on the dole said about an hour ago : ☂+I'm staying in my PJ's all day today clear :-) Sat 07 Aug 2010 19:02:50 GMT+1 Conner De Public http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=92#comment364 Should stars get involved with politics?I remember many Years ago Paul Daniels saying he would quit the UK if Labour increased the Tax rate.Sadly "you may believe it,or you may not"He didn't! Sat 07 Aug 2010 18:51:46 GMT+1 MrWonderfulReality http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=92#comment363 This post has been Removed Sat 07 Aug 2010 17:27:52 GMT+1 th3_0r4cl3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=92#comment362 359. At 5:34pm on 07 Aug 2010, Dustspeck wrote:Why not? We have had a bunch of comedians, clowns and prestidigitators in charge of the UK for the last 60 years. I don't suppose "stars" (whatever they are) would do any worse. Wouldn't it be great if we had politicians who put their country before their own advancement, who had achieved something worthwhile in business or science or humanitarian work, who understood economics? Also, BBC, why don't you have more concurrent debates? I'm struggling to find any worth commenting on.==============================================I completely agree the lunatics have been running the asylum that is earth for a very very long time.Vote for us were different from that bunch although we atteneded the same schools as the other bunch of rich chaps.Some truths often ignored by the politicians and media.1, All of human behaviour including your beliefs are a choice.2, Nothing is compulsory see point 13, there is not a single person alive today that does not posess free will, YOU ARE NOT A PUPPET see point 14, History is merely a figment of our memory/imagination. you can not live there. THE TIME IS NOW5, The future does not exist it never will there is only now. you cant live next tuesday.6 The earth is 4.5 billion yrs old man is over 200,000yrs old, the oldest of the three main religions is 6000yrs old. ergo man did just fine for 196,000 years before it came along and started to tell people about talking plants!!.--------------------------------------------------REMEMBER THERE IS ONLY NOW. you can not live yesterday or tomorrow. Sat 07 Aug 2010 17:23:23 GMT+1 MrWonderfulReality http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=91#comment361 No, stars have too much hot gas. Sat 07 Aug 2010 17:19:52 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=91#comment360 Just what is a Star and how does one become a Star? Lady Gaga buys a skintight blouse at a discount mall attaches some cheap plastic bubbles to it and I'm told she is a great Star, though she looks more like a cheap rip off of Madonna and Elton John, so do we want Gaga running anything based on her so called Stardom? Before the development of hi-tech electronics singers and performrs really had to sing and their looks didnt matter but now their vocal flaws can be overcome with electronics and they all seem to look like porn stars, yet I am told they are great stars and make millions.So who makes these Stars and why do they all seem to be Leftists. Sat 07 Aug 2010 17:09:04 GMT+1 Three Million Posse On Employed In A Dub http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=91#comment359 This post has been Removed Sat 07 Aug 2010 17:05:54 GMT+1 Dustspeck http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=91#comment358 Why not? We have had a bunch of comedians, clowns and prestidigitators in charge of the UK for the last 60 years. I don't suppose "stars" (whatever they are) would do any worse. Wouldn't it be great if we had politicians who put their country before their own advancement, who had achieved something worthwhile in business or science or humanitarian work, who understood economics? Also, BBC, why don't you have more concurrent debates? I'm struggling to find any worth commenting on. Sat 07 Aug 2010 16:34:43 GMT+1 colin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=90#comment357 stars are things that shine in the sky if they can help why not,but so called celebs should stick with what they do, make our country a worse place to live. Sat 07 Aug 2010 16:13:55 GMT+1 rajat sharma http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=90#comment356 For a country like Haiti It will be beneficial. As last a famous Son is coming back and trying his hand at making things work in this unfortunate nation. Sat 07 Aug 2010 15:14:10 GMT+1 Nick Vinehill http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=90#comment355 And why should 'stars' not get involved in politics if they want to make a contribution.Politically they're no different from anyone else except they're well known unlike millions of voters and some of them may seek to exploit their stardom to pursue some personal political agenda!However the reason why the 'great and the good', particularly here in the UK are not too keen on stars getting involved in politics is because some of them might be too 'left-wing' or even ultra left-wing and because they're idolised for whatever they're classed as 'stars' for it may result in an idolisation or at least an examination of their leftish politics!However in the case of Wyclef Jean, whatever his good intentions towards the embattled Haitian population, global capitalist political leaders have little too worry about! Sat 07 Aug 2010 14:45:01 GMT+1 Three Million Posse On Employed In A Dub http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=90#comment354 It also depends on if they got works to do ICIENTCYMAU AND THE MAU MAU WARRIORS -- Works To DoWhen words come to life:Musicians are cooler than fuddy duddy common purpose sell out poli-trick-ians Sat 07 Aug 2010 13:13:12 GMT+1 Martin Swift http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=89#comment353 Depends who they are and what they are trying to get out of delving into politics...Ronald Reagan was good for the United States and it remains to be seen if Arnie is really the best Governor that California has ever had...Lets not forget that in Westminster there is a Labour M.P. who has won two Oscars in Glenda Jackson... Sat 07 Aug 2010 12:45:58 GMT+1 deanoburnett http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=89#comment352 Stars are human beings too, why can't they become politicians.they're probably much more suited to public life then most other MP's and have a lot less too hide! Sat 07 Aug 2010 12:35:32 GMT+1 Rupert Smyth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=89#comment351 347. At 09:03am on 07 Aug 2010, Icebloo wrote:How about "Should politicians get involved in the entertainment industry ?" I think David Cameron and Nick Clegg would be wonderful clowns !-----------------------------------------------------Sorry but I have to disagree. They will never even get close to the original Gordon Clown who sold off our gold at rock bottom price and gave our money to the banks without setting any conditions on bonuses or paying it back once they returned to profit. Sat 07 Aug 2010 12:34:46 GMT+1 tardigrade http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=89#comment350 No one seems to have mentioned the Honourable Member for Hampstead and Kilburn, Glenda May Jackson CBE MP, double Academy Award-winning actress and an MP since 1992.It is difficult to ridicule Glenda as a serious politician. One might not share her political viewpoint, but there is no doubting her utter sincerity and commitment. Sat 07 Aug 2010 10:42:57 GMT+1 Touchstone http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=88#comment349 They do! Boris Johnson would never have become mayor if he hadn't been a celebrity. Dumbing down politics has begun! Sat 07 Aug 2010 10:13:04 GMT+1 thrill_vermilion http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=88#comment348 As a rule, I tend to find that celebrities are considerably more sincere about issues they get involved in, than most politicians are. Sat 07 Aug 2010 08:09:21 GMT+1 thrill_vermilion http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=88#comment347 Toad In The Hole wrote: I don't care.When is it going to sink in that's it's not mandatory to comment on every single topic? Sat 07 Aug 2010 08:06:35 GMT+1 Icebloo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=88#comment346 How about "Should politicians get involved in the entertainment industry ?" I think David Cameron and Nick Clegg would be wonderful clowns ! They would probably be taken more seriously in the showbusiness arena as they are both such lightweights. Sat 07 Aug 2010 08:03:14 GMT+1 MrJony http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=87#comment345 Should starts get involved with politics ? Yes, they should. I would ask ; What's the difference between a politician and a celebrity ? There isn't any difference at all. Most traditional politicians who,by the way,hold high studies, have failed to run their countries and have ended up deeply envolved in corruption cases. So why not to put our hopes on a celebrity or a star ? These people also run either charities or non-profit organizations successfully and sometimes do it much better than any other professional graduated in economics. Sat 07 Aug 2010 02:21:01 GMT+1 Gary Roberts http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=87#comment344 At 6:27pm on 06 Aug 2010, Pause for thought wrote:In a democracy, everyone should have the fundamental right to be involved in political life.------------------------------Absolutely, Pause for thought. And although the US, for example, isn't a democracy (it being a republic), it does encourage its citizens to be involved in its political life.Unfortunately, there are some US citizens who offer only criticism and negativity when someone who does not agree with them politically tries to speak out about politics. I am speaking specifically of the ones who have adopted the paranoid view that people in the entertainment industry (Clooney, Streisand et al) have too much control over politics. I may have a very negative view of people like Reagan who seem to have had nothing but contempt for US citizens, but I am not about to suggest they haven't the right to become involved in politics. But re Wyclef Jean, his politics simply don't seem that clear. It is completely up to the people of Haiti, though, whether he runs for president or not. Sat 07 Aug 2010 02:14:15 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=87#comment343 Am off to bed. BBC you are an utter disgrace, and an insult to a so-called democracy.allowing the lies to be printed by one sick puppy about George Clooney, unopposed, well done Sat 07 Aug 2010 01:46:39 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=87#comment342 will you, the BBC, apologise, for originally printing the unsubstantiated lies directed at George Clooney by a blogger called one sick puppy?This blog was lying, offensive and deliberatley provocative.It breached all of the rules of this site, and yet a post I made in objection to this offensive rubbish, was blocked. Sat 07 Aug 2010 01:39:57 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=86#comment341 What are you scared of BBC?I'm fed up waiting for your posting Sat 07 Aug 2010 01:29:59 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=86#comment340 well done BBC you are utterly gutless and devoid of even the remotist moral decency.Sick puppy is allowed to post the most reprehensible, unsubstantiated, lying rubbish about George Clooney etc and it gets passed. I prove it to be a bunch of unsubstantiated rubbish and I'm blocked.AD 2010 Britain. Thank God we live in a free society Sat 07 Aug 2010 01:25:06 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=86#comment339 This post has been Removed Sat 07 Aug 2010 01:09:15 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=86#comment338 This post has been Removed Sat 07 Aug 2010 00:57:26 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=85#comment337 This post has been Removed Sat 07 Aug 2010 00:50:16 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=85#comment336 This post has been Removed Sat 07 Aug 2010 00:43:38 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=85#comment335 This post has been Removed Sat 07 Aug 2010 00:34:38 GMT+1 Gary Roberts http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=84#comment334 It is interesting that in the US people "on the right" seem to have no problem endorsing entertainers like Reagan (a total disaster for the country who they like to credit with "bringing down the USSR"), Ahnold (who isn't doing quite so much damage, probably b/c he is a fence-sitter politically), and they willingly listen to the likes of Chuck Norris, but when it comes to their "usual suspects" (Streisand, Clooney, Sarandon, etc), they seem to change their thinking quite rapidly. So evidently it's OK to be a right-wing entertainer/politician but not OK to be a left-wing entertainer/politician. Sat 07 Aug 2010 00:26:49 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=84#comment333 330. At 00:15am on 07 Aug 2010, JohnP wrote:"Life is determined by Politics. So everone should be engaged with Politics.However, I think Wyclef John will be a leader who the West will be able to manipulate. Haiti had a great leader who challenged the Haitian Oligarchs and the West - the result the US, Canada and France facilitated his overthrow. His name was the Jean-Betrand Aristide. He championed the poor and demanded Just reparations from the French that beggared the Proud Haitian Nation after the Haitian Revolution overthrew French Colonialism.Bring Back JEAN-BETRAND ARISTIDE to run for President"--------------------------------------------------------------------Great example John. What's about to happen now is that you will be ridiculed as a looney lefty nutter, terrorist supporting traitor, and probably an islamofascist nutter.I already have been dozens of times, but eventually you develop an immunity.And that's only when you're right. Just make sure you don't get a factual error in one of your postings Sat 07 Aug 2010 00:16:55 GMT+1 Gary Roberts http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=84#comment332 People like Clooney, Sarandon and Robbins would probably be very thoughtful, good politicians, vs. people like Reagan, an absolute utter disaster for the US (and places like Nicaragua, obviously). Wyclef Jean: I suspect many are simply not familiar with his music or. more importantly, with his politics, which is not a good sign (but not fatal). The more I hear about his bid for Haitian presidency (not just from others but from him personally) the more it sounds kind of off: he would be another foreign-installed Haitian leader for cheap Haitian labor, despite Mr Jean's protestations of being only a green-card holder in the US. He is essentially a product of US capitalism and is probably trying for the Haitian presidency as a setup for US fincial interests. Had he lived and worked in Haiti for decades instead of hiding out in the US making $$ he'd have a lot more credibility. I simply don't believe that there are no decent, imaginative, skillful Haitian citizens ready to take the reins, people who have lived and worked there for years and years, right there in the country. Jean comes off more as a carpet-bagger than a dyed-in-the-wool Haitian patriot whose allegiance to Haiti and its people has consistently been firmly demonstrated. Sat 07 Aug 2010 00:14:39 GMT+1 S C MEHTA http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=84#comment331 Yes, why not! But they must try and be the guiding stars of new kind of poltics: sincerely people-oriented/friendly and clean: they must desist from following the dirty/corrupt ways of most of the present-day politicians. Good Luck Wyclef Jean; hope you get a chance to take care of Haiti. Fri 06 Aug 2010 23:53:20 GMT+1 thrill_vermilion http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=83#comment330 This post has been Removed Fri 06 Aug 2010 23:23:49 GMT+1 JohnP http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=83#comment329 Life is determined by Politics. So everone should be engaged with Politics.However, I think Wyclef John will be a leader who the West will be able to manipulate. Haiti had a great leader who challenged the Haitian Oligarchs and the West - the result the US, Canada and France facilitated his overthrow. His name was the Jean-Betrand Aristide. He championed the poor and demanded Just reparations from the French that beggared the Proud Haitian Nation after the Haitian Revolution overthrew French Colonialism.Bring Back JEAN-BETRAND ARISTIDE to run for President. Fri 06 Aug 2010 23:15:21 GMT+1 Superclue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=83#comment328 Why not? They are no more unsuitable than anyone else Fri 06 Aug 2010 23:01:56 GMT+1 phill http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=83#comment327 Well Ronald Reagan hardly covered himself in glory for America and the ConDems version of the Chuckle brothers are doing even worse for this country and they've only been in power 12 weeks.So on this evidence the answer must be NO!!! Fri 06 Aug 2010 21:51:14 GMT+1 Gareth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=82#comment326 Yes, Stars should be involved in politics, everyone should. Though when it comes to using their influence, some have thousands of fans following their every word, is it not cheating when they tell people what to think rather than letting people come to their own conclusions. Take the 2008 U.S elections for example, celebrity endorsments came one after the other for Ombama and Mcain - surely atleast 1 voter was influenced by a stars endorsment, and in that case, cant this be classed as cheating? Fri 06 Aug 2010 20:27:15 GMT+1 Richard Ralph Roehl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=82#comment325 Well... yes. I guess. But hopefully the $tars won't be on drrrugs or boozed up on alcohol when they step into the political arena. Fri 06 Aug 2010 18:03:54 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=82#comment324 This post has been Removed Fri 06 Aug 2010 17:47:05 GMT+1 Pause for thought http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=82#comment323 In a democracy, everyone should have the fundamental right to be involved in political life. Fri 06 Aug 2010 17:27:22 GMT+1 Mart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=81#comment322 Stars have as much right to get involved in politics as much as anyone. If they think they can make a difference for the better good luck to them. But lets not forget that sometimes an actor follows a script created by someone else with an altogether different agenda - although I don't think this is that much of an issue with Mr Jean. What more frightening is when news organizations subtly get involved in politics - like the BBC deciding to simply avoid certain VERY news worthy stories. Fri 06 Aug 2010 17:06:18 GMT+1 jonathan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=81#comment321 If you don't do politics, politics will do you! Fri 06 Aug 2010 16:52:37 GMT+1 Wicked_Witch_of_the_West_Coast http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=81#comment320 [48. At 3:28pm on 29 Jul 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:On the other hand if your a George Clooney, Matt Damon, Tom Cruise, Susan Sarandon or Tim Robins and name associated with Anti American Leftist causes and undermining our military after a decision has been made to fight somewhere, then you will fail at both politics and your chosen carrier in entertainment too.]I was under the impression that those guys, and Ms Sarandon, were rather successful in their entertainment careers! Oh no, wait, you said 'entertainment carrier', not career - I mis-read that!If Mr Jean wants to try his hand at politics, then good luck to him. As he has his own money, the temptation to plunder poor Haiti won't be there. Fri 06 Aug 2010 16:29:29 GMT+1 Fujikid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=81#comment319 311. At 1:31pm on 06 Aug 2010, Sam wrote:"For the counterargument, you have Naomi Campbell not disputing she accepted what are assumed to be "Blood Diamonds" whilst at a party, and then finding it a "big inconvenience" to attend the trial scrutinising possible connections between her fun night and presents and the horrific murders rapes and maimings her good night out funded."Well someone clearly needs reading lessons. There has never been any suggestion that the night in question had anything to do with funding the attrocities. It was a charity event hosted by Nelson Mandela. The court are only trying to show that Charles Taylor was in possesion of uncut diamonds at the time. But that's a discussion best saved for a separate HYS ... how about it BBC? Fri 06 Aug 2010 16:00:44 GMT+1 Fujikid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=80#comment318 In an ideal world a big YES. Anyone should be free to enter politics.In practice I'd say NO. I don't believe people can be trusted to vote for them because of what they stand for and how competent they are. A lot of people will just vote for them because of who they are.But saying that, in reality most politicians are just actors anyway. At election time they get up on stage to sell their story. Then just like in the movies we find out afterwards that most of it was pure fiction.So I guess we're back to yes. Fri 06 Aug 2010 15:27:31 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=80#comment317 Barack Obama was a star and we can all see how well that is working out.Oh yes Obama gave great speeches about caring and compassion honesty and competence in governing. He was quick to critisize others and oh how the kids loved him like a "rock star". When he gave that speech in Berlin with a real rock band as opening act and told the kids I am "The One" you've been waiting for, almost massiah like. The rounds of TV celebrity sites and shows loved him too Ophrah, David Lettermen, Leno, The View almost like an actor pimping thier next movie.But in reality he was an unknowledged unaccomplished little man who like a movie star was only good at pretending to be someone great, yet never had the experience or life skills to back it up.As to Mr Wyclif Jean seems to be stepping in where he is truely needed and not taking advantage of a situation for his personal gratification I wish him the best of luck and anything which can be done for Haiti should. Fri 06 Aug 2010 15:10:55 GMT+1 Doug NYC Van http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=80#comment316 Yes! Wyclef should CERTAINLY get involved in Haitian politics.Why should the US be the only recipient of a non-experienced black saviour president, who can't lead his way out of a wet paper bag? Fri 06 Aug 2010 14:59:26 GMT+1 ExpatKS http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=80#comment315 The only reason anyone gets involved in politics is for the power and the publicity, thus so called "stars" and "celebrities" would be unable to stop themselves as history shows. Ronald Reagan and Arnold Swartzeneger are just 2 who come to mind. In fact ex cowboy Reagan did a much better job at the top than many career politicians like Bush, Blair and Brown. Fri 06 Aug 2010 14:34:20 GMT+1 matt-stone http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=79#comment314 Stars stay in orbit and shine down on us. Why you like to call some human beings "stars" it beggars belief ?? If a singer is good enough to be a politician, why indeed shouldn't they become one? Fri 06 Aug 2010 14:04:01 GMT+1 CaptainJameson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=79#comment313 30. At 1:50pm on 29 Jul 2010, BluesBerry wroteI can find nothing in his background that would particularly qualify him as President of Haiti. Does this man even understand the complexities among - the United State's mega-influence, the United Nations, relief efforts in general (and where the money is going?), etc.-----------------------I agree with you but we have exactly the same problem with the majority of politicians. Before entering politics, John Prescott was a waiter on Cunard cruise ships. Did that qualify him to be Deputy PM? Bob Ainsworth was a union rep before becoming Minister of the Armed Forces and then Defence Secretary whilst Britain was fighting in two separate theatres of war.Gordon Brown was a History Lecturer before becoming Chancellor and then Prime Minister.The system is far from perfect and sometimes the results can be tragic but politics must be open to everyone and the electorate have to decide. Fri 06 Aug 2010 13:31:26 GMT+1 coastwalker http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=79#comment312 The very best of luck to Wyclef, Haiti has had some of the worlds most attrocious leaders and someone with a foot in the outside world has an opportunity to push away their legacy that a current leader is probably unable to do. Fri 06 Aug 2010 13:13:56 GMT+1 BluesBerry http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=79#comment311 Stars (usually) have no special knowledge or training as politicians, or even diplomats. So care must be exerted. That being said, the people of Haiti are so desperately looking for a hero that Wyclef will likely win. If he does, I really hope that he quiets my intuition which is yelling right now, and the two words it's yelling are:"Bad move!" Apparently Wyclef Jean jetted into Haiti on a private plane and asking Haitians to give him "power for change." Do feel there is anything wrong with this picture?"The United States has Obama," Wyclef said, "here you're going to have Wyclef." Do you feel that the United States having Obama is a good selling point for Wyclef?Sean Penn perhaps give voice best to my concerns. Penn is running a tent city in Haiti. Penn: "He has been virtually silent, for those of us in Haiti he has been a non-presence." There have also been allegations that Wyclef Jean misused more than $400,000 donated to his charity.You probably remember Wyclef sobbing & denying that his Yele Haiti Foundation had misused the funds.Personally, I'd rather see one of the following:a) Sean Penn take a run at the Presidency since he's been in Haiti getting his hands duurty since January orb) the return of the legitimate President Jean Bertrand Aristide - who who was beloved of the Haitian people, but ousted like José Manuel Zelaya (the President of Honduras). Fri 06 Aug 2010 12:36:31 GMT+1 Sam http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=78#comment310 There problem with the question is it lumps together "stars" with talent and those without. Some people who have become famous have done so because of a set of talents that can be very success and productive in arenas other than the industry in which they made their name. These people are the evidence to support answering, "Yes, stars should get involved in politics."For the counterargument, you have Naomi Campbell not disputing she accepted what are assumed to be "Blood Diamonds" whilst at a party, and then finding it a "big inconvenience" to attend the trial scrutinising possible connections between her fun night and presents and the horrific murders rapes and maimings her good night out funded.Some people want to help and some just don't give a damn. Fri 06 Aug 2010 12:31:07 GMT+1 chrisk50 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=78#comment309 The Pakistan Cricket team need to get involved with current affairs.The 2nd highest paid sportsmen in the world - NBC being first and UK footballers way below this level. Yet the begging bowl is out for funds already, maybe they should donate a few £million each. Fri 06 Aug 2010 12:21:27 GMT+1 Black_And_Proud http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=78#comment308 I'd lke to see Cheryl Cole take on a long and arduous election campaign as far away as posssible. Fri 06 Aug 2010 12:19:41 GMT+1 littletenter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=78#comment307 I don't see what someone has done before entering politics as a bar or qualification in standing for election.As for those who say what sort of a background qualification is being a musician for becoming President. What sort of qualification is being a pulic school toff or a ships steward(Prescott) or a Postman (Johnson) et al.... Being a celeb is all about self promotion, just like politics! Fri 06 Aug 2010 11:50:12 GMT+1 mark_2002 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=77#comment306 Wyclef clearly cares deeply for the plight of his people and wants to help. He is someone ho happens to be a celebrity who is also motivated to help.The likes of Bono & Geldorf can take their brand of self-promoting politics, particularly their enviro-politics with them when they climb into their private jets for a photo op. They seem to be people who believe their ability to 'sing' gives them magical understanding of complex scientific and political issues. Fri 06 Aug 2010 11:40:29 GMT+1 chronocompos http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=77#comment305 Of course they should, as should anyone else. I would hope that the electorate would have the sense to vote wisely, if not and the lunatics take over the asylum then surely that's just one of the risks of democracy. Fri 06 Aug 2010 11:38:52 GMT+1 None Of The Above http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=77#comment304 Do any of you people really still believe that politicians run the world, or even their own countries? Businessmen and/or the armed forces run the world.When they say 'Jump', politicians, like the rest of us, say 'How high?'It doesn't matter whether you're a celebrity or not. Politics is a smokescreen to make us think we have a say. Fri 06 Aug 2010 11:38:15 GMT+1 Geek Magnet http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=77#comment303 5. At 12:10pm on 29 Jul 2010, General_Jack_Ripper wrote:Everyone should get involved with politics !Spot on! It affects us all in everything we do, so of course EVERYBODY should be involved (celeb or not). It's not necessary for everyone to want to be a politician; however voting, attending 'town hall meetings', writing to your MP, taking interest in local/national/world issues and finding out more (rather than just digesting what the tabloids feed you) so that you can make informed decisions; all are important no matter how big or small. Fri 06 Aug 2010 11:36:01 GMT+1 DataWraith http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=76#comment302 Why shouldn't stars be involved with politics? after all its not on the job desription for a politician to be JUST and a politician and have training ONLY in politics is it?.Besides most politicians LOVE the celebrity aspect of their jobs and are always flaunting themselves on camera or radio and definately LOVE being infront of an audience even if it IS just in front of their constituants, so why not someone doing it the other way round?.Not only that , most politicians don't have a clue about the real world and at least most 'star's' grow up in real home environment and most full time politicians grew up with a silver spoon and born into powerful families with political ties so good luck to him. Fri 06 Aug 2010 11:15:59 GMT+1 WhatsThis http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=76#comment301 They would do a better job than career politicians. Fri 06 Aug 2010 11:13:33 GMT+1 youarejoking http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=76#comment300 I recall a Ronald Regan in the US did rather well so why not others elsewhere? Fri 06 Aug 2010 10:54:24 GMT+1 AM http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=76#comment299 Why Not! There is no such thing as a job for life! Fri 06 Aug 2010 10:50:03 GMT+1 OWANGO STEPHEN http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=75#comment298 Oh yes! I celebrities, especially those from the showbiz industry choose to actively participate in politics, then they have a greater possibiliy of making better leaders. For example; If Wyclef Jeane became Haitian president, this would attract alot of world attention the the tiny, poverty stricken carribean nation. This attention can serve to attract development funds, but also the fame of Wyclef Jeane can attract world scruitiny of his government to ensure best results for the citizens of Haiti. Fri 06 Aug 2010 10:38:55 GMT+1 Sachidananda Narayanan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=75#comment297 Can Wyclef make a difference in Haiti?Rev. Aristid could not make.Hiti's glorious invaders from continental America, the USA with its armed forces have not made in two incursions since 1994.Bill Clinton has failed as a new president then.Give Haitians good education. It is a very small islet nation. All that is needed is not politics or promises. Itis ambitions thru basic and value added education.Any celebrity ready?To sing and dance in Haiti is there very much in Haitian culture or for that matter, the Caribbean. Got it? Fri 06 Aug 2010 10:25:36 GMT+1 Sachidananda Narayanan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=75#comment296 Can celebrities make good leaders?Never.Look at Ronald Reagan. He was instrumental for a near Star Wars between the then USSR with his country. He took Margaret Thatcher to a private part of this world in the Malvinas and dumped her there to face the fury of the French Exocest underwater missiles gifted to Argentina. That cow boy of a president must be the role model to the Texan Bob we saw booted out by Zaidi from Iraq as the US president. So, actor politicians make muck of state governance.In the Indian context, Look at what the most acclaimed star of the South did to 100 million Tamil people to be looted by his paramour in yet another star politician literally robbed the entire State of Tamil Nadu during her rule twice from the beginning of the '90 to early 2000. J. Jayalalithaa, the yester year siren of the Tamil filmdom is a text book for corrupt practices and public looting.Celebrities are there in the world of sports too. Needless to say that the then Hindi Bollywood dream girl, Hema Malini, Vijayanthi Mala, Sabana Azmi, Dharmendra, Raj Babbar, Shatrugan Sinha, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Sivaji Ganesan and last but not the least, Amitabh Bhachchan were all politicians making up not only their face to face the camera but also laws to rule the gullible (goats), the voters and electorate in general in India.Not to outwit those glamour world lads and lasses, our world famous cricketers like Mohammad Azaruddin, Manoj Prabhakar, Navjotsigh Siddhu and the likes took the Indian Parliament to fool the public with their power and talent to lead the nation as its Members of Parliament (MP)!In the South, Sarath Kumar, Vijayakanth, Girish Karnad have gone up to fool the people running their own political party or aligning them with one or the other party in Indian politics vying with each other to catch the big fish among celebrities in the tinsel world.If that is not enough, cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar were appointed and gifted defence posts in the Indian armed forces as "Captain" in the Indian Air Force. Harbhajan Singh and Kapil Dev are already "Major" and "Captain" in the Indian Military. We don't know in the unlikely event of an Indo-Pakistan war in the future, which fighter-jet would Sachin fly into the City of Lahore or which infantry division of Indian soldiers Harbhajan Singh and Kapil Dev would lead into Islamabad!Those in the celebrity line are good to inspire people with the talent they are gifted with to help people in distress or collect funds to compensate people affected by natural calamity like the one in the monstrous downpour in Pakistan or the 2004 Tsunami in Sumatra. Their role should end there. They are not fit to rule nations. They need political awareness, geo-political knowledge and impartial and selfless mind to dedicate life to the cause of people in need of help from the State.I have not seen anyone in the Cabinet of Mr. Lee Hsian Loong of Singapore linked to performing arts. But they perfectly perform the art in State governance to the benefit of their people in Singapore to own the 3 "C"s. Cars, Cash, and Condominium and of course the fourth, Comforts.Stage performers cannot be one perform Statecraft. Fri 06 Aug 2010 10:18:39 GMT+1 Kolawole Ajao http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=75#comment295 I pray they give him a chance to do it. But I often remember the case of George Opong Weah, who spent his cash and energy to help raise and promote the status of Liberia after the country was just coming out of the quagmire they were sunk in, as a result of the thirteen-year-old civil war. Liberians later came up to say he was not educated enough to become their president. I pray Haitians don't come up, forming alibi that Wyclef is not qualified to lead them. Fri 06 Aug 2010 10:00:24 GMT+1 GuyOverseas http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=74#comment294 The natural outcome to our obsession over style rather than substance isn't it? Fri 06 Aug 2010 09:59:59 GMT+1 David http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/07/should_stars_get_involved_with.html?page=74#comment293 Of course stars should get involved in politics if they want to, as after all Politicans are not born politicans, they come from all walks of life. Why therefore should someone who has come from an academic of business background hae any more right to go into politics than a film or rock star.There are plenty of cases where stars have gone into politics, the most famous being Ronald Reagan. In Britain Glenda Jackson is a MP. Fri 06 Aug 2010 09:43:49 GMT+1