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Actor Kurt Russell, who identifies as a “hardcore libertarian,” knows that his political views are much different than many of his left-wing Hollywood colleagues.
Russell says he believes celebrities should stay out of politics. He argues that it’s “detrimental” to actors for them to voice their political opinions.
“The last thing I like to watch is entertainers or actors get political,” Russell said.
“It’s just something I can’t stand watching,” he continued. “So having said that, I was kind of asked to put it in context somehow with this movie,” Russell said, in reference to an interview about the film “The Hateful Eight.”
“In reality, when we’re dealing with things like terrorism, we’re all going to have different opinions on how to do it, how to deal with it,” he said. “Mine happens to be, that I think there’s a very strong reason the Founding Fathers had for the Second Amendment and that is that no government ever hasn’t had to fight its own people. I think that’s an important part of our existence.”
“I’ve always been someone who felt we are court jesters. That’s what we do,” Russell said. “As far as I’m concerned, you should step away from saying anything so that you can still be seen by the audience in any character.”
“There’s no reason entertainers can’t learn just as much as anybody else about a subject, whatever it is,” Russell continued.
“But I think that what’s sad about it is that they lose their status as a court jester. And I’m a court jester. That’s what I was born to do.” Russell said.
During an interview on The View, Kurt Russell was asked by Whoopi Goldberg about gun control and where he stands on the Second Amendment.
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Many may agree or disagree with Kurt Russell’s take on topics like gun control, but his statements on court jesters no longer having a positive effect on our nation has merits. When a comedian’s own political beliefs take precedence over entertaining an audience, they can lose what made them great and relevant. Oftentimes, they end up sounding like a broken record of hate.
There are those Americans who long for the heyday when comedic actors such as Don Rickles and Dean Martin would “roast” celebrities and politicians. Even in the early days of Saturday Night Live, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and the rest of the first SNL cast members had Americans in stitches with their routines on politics because it was done in good taste, while they kept their own political views out of the limelight.