We should make his answer mandatory viewing both for our celebrities, but also for the reporters who keep asking for their political takes on issues.
For some reason, people with money and a platform seem to think that means we should be very interested in their positions on various issues. We can probably attribute that to the celebrity endorsement effect in product endorsements. If it works for that, it should work for this, too.
That leads to weird situations like Jimmy Kimmel turning his show’s comedy monologue slot into a platform for the ‘moral voice’ of the nation.
But the crash and burn of an avalanche of 2016 celebrity endorsements should have put that theory to rest. It didn’t.
We still have political blowhards trying to leverage their celebrity status as a platform for a political message — Colin Kaepernick being the most obvious example in sports, and all of Hollywood tripping over each other to be the equivalent example there.
With that as a background, it’s refreshing to see someone who as a measured understanding of his own significance in the world. Someone who knows what expertise it is that landed him on the public stage, and where his opinion simply doesn’t matter, and shouldn’t be any of the public’s business.
Meet Jurgen Klopp. He’s manager of the Football (what we would know as soccer) club in Liverpool, England.
Soccer coach is asked about coronavirus, gives fantastic response. pic.twitter.com/nIgS8OmZcm
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 4, 2020
Wouldn’t it be nice to see a dose of humility like that out of some of the Hollywood A-listers and celebrity sports figures more often?
The A-listers we DO have that have a sense of perspective are so rare (looking at you Chris Pratt!) that they stand out from the crowd for exactly that reason.