Volume 96, Issue 82
Thursday, March 6, 2003

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Celebrity opinions worthless

To the Editor:

When someone knows little about a subject, the surest way to discredit a point of view opposing your own is to single out the silliest, weakest proponents of this opposing view, make much noise about them and ignore the rest. It removes focus from reality and lends your position manufactured credibility.

I believe a significant chunk of the population qualifies as knowing very little about war in Iraq, or, more precisely, very little they have not been spoon fed. I've seen a lot in the media concerning the celebrity revolt against war in Iraq, and, I've been personally told by people who should know better that peaceniks are just like those stupid celebs.

To this, I reply that we peaceniks are nothing like those stupid celebrities. Pop culture celebrities, the superficial multi-millionaire trend catchers that they largely are, are jumping on the people's bandwagon.

Don't discredit the calls for justice, equality and humanity by making an example of some foolish antiwar video made by Madonna, or pointing out all the inane or hypocritical statements celebrity peaceniks have made at one point or another.

Only a self-deluded fool would state that anything that has ever come out of Hollywood teaches us the truths of war. The opposition to war in Iraq has nothing to do with a pop culture popularity contest; it is about having knowledge of the collective history of the players, the very real consequences and having empathy for your fellow human beings.

Don't sideline the legitimacy of the peace movement by pointing out the parasites hitching a ride on it.

Jonathan Martyn
Environmental Science III

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