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Kurt Russell Thinks Celebrities Should Not Speak On Politics: "We Are Court Jesters"

Kurt Russell Thinks Celebrities Should Not Speak On Politics: "We Are Court Jesters"

"I’ve always been someone who felt we are court jesters. That’s what we do," said Kurt Russell.

Image Source: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are honored with a Star On the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 4, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Actor Kurt Russell is a strong believer that celebrities should keep their political opinions to themselves. His statement comes at a time when several celebrities are being openly vocal about their political inclination. However, Russell is still a believer of the old-school norm that a celebrity must entertain everyone in the audience and not a certain group, as per PEOPLE. "I’ve always been someone who felt we are court jesters. That’s what we do," he said alongside longtime love Goldie Hawn in a new joint interview for The New York Times. The couple was promoting their upcoming Netflix movie "Christmas Chronicles 2".



 

 

"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," he continued. "There’s no reason entertainers can’t learn just as much as anybody else about a subject, whatever it is. 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." Hawn, 73, immediately pointed out that Russell is not always funny. That's when the 69-year-old said that being funny isn't always the job of a jester. "A court jester isn’t always funny. A court jester is the only one who can walk into the castle and put the king down as long as he doesn’t hit too close to home," he said.



 

 

"I think that’s been a big, important part of all cultures throughout history, and I’d like to see it stay in ours," he added. "But we did have a president who was an actor, Ronald Reagan," countered Hawn. "Like I said, actors can learn as much as anybody else can," Russell replied in the interview. Hawn then replied that it's a personal choice if someone wants to use a platform or not. "Well, I’m just saying Reagan definitely was a well-known actor. I think it’s a personal choice whether you want to get into that," she said, adding: "The one thing I don’t agree with is that just because we have a platform we always have to use it. That is our choice."



 

 

Despite Russell's views on celebrities endorsing political views, their children have been more vocal politically. Kate Hudson frequently urged her followers to make the right choice during the 2020 presidential elections. Hudson even posted a celebratory picture of President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden after the elections. She shared the image with the caption: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” -Abraham Lincoln ❤️🤍💙 Last one from me for today! Gonna take a queue from Honest Abe and I guess now what’s left to do is bring people (including myself)



 

 

Surprisingly, a lot of people seemed to agree with Russell and took to Facebook to share their views. James Mcgowan commented: Smart man. They can have their own opinion. But they should keep it to themselves. Especially with how the media words everything. You're either a saint for thinking their way, or a demon thinking the way I do. Terry Elizabeth Johnson added: Thank you Kurt Russell. I feel a lot of people are swayed by celebrities, not because of the politics, but because so and so likes them...I have loved you forever, but you have completely jumped the rest. Classic! Cindy Lucas Beck stated: I couldn’t agree more. They are entertainers, and they should stick to what they do best!



 

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