Thursday, July 5, 2007

Arctic Monkey wisdom

Matt Helders, drummer for the rock band Arctic Monkeys, raises what should be a blindingly obvious point regarding the weight we give to the political opinions of celebrities (Sky News, July 5):

"Someone asked us to give a quote about what was happening in Sheffield and it's like 'who cares what we think about what's happening'?"

"There's more important people who can have an opinion. Why does it make us have an opinion because we're in a band?"

Other singers and movie stars -- not to mention Al Gore himself -- could learn a lot from this Monkey. Just because you're famous, it doesn't mean your opinions about the issues of the day are worth a plugged nickel.