Does a Celebrity's Politics effect your view of them?

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Are you able to separate a Celebrity (Actor, Musician etc) and their political views and the enjoyment of watching them?

I can do this for some actors and musicians but some I just cannot.

Example: Adam Baldwin whom I love watching in shows, every since My Bodyguard, through various movies to television shows like Chuck, Firefly, Angel, The Last Ship. I love his presence. Hell I've even gotten into a Twitter Arguement that lasted a weekend. I still like him. His politics are abhorrent to me.

James Woods. FUCK THAT GUY

Charlie Daniels Band: The Devil Went Down to Georgia. One of my favourite songs of all time. Charlie is a fucking dick though.

I think their must be another quality that makes me able to overlook certain Celebrities politics. It's very rare that if they are on an opposite side politically of me that I enjoy their work.

Hell even Sean Penn whom I align with nauseates me when I see him talk politics. I loved his early stuff, now I'll never watch another movie of his.
 
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Not really.
Alex Baldwin's done and said some dumb stuff but 30 Rock wouldn't be the same without him.

But, then again, Adam Baldwins GamerGate stuff didn't sour me to Jayne on Firefly, but I do think I consciously subtly avoid him in things.

It varies, I guess.
Also, Baldwins are problematic.
 
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A celebrities political view does not usually affect my opinion of them at all. A celebrities belief that they should ram their political opinion down everyone's throat most certainly does.
 
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Political no. But some personal stances would annoy me. But wouldnt stop me from enjoying their work if they are an entertainer. I am still going to see Tom Cruises movies, I dont care what his religion is.
 

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No. They'd have to be confirmed a member of a Hate group or a criminal for me to care. I am too self centered to worry about other peoples opinion. I only care about their actions honestly.
 
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I think of them differently. Like of them as annoying normal person trying to insert politics into something. Otherwise it has to be extreme for me actually attach any emotion to it.
 
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While I may have my own opinions towards theirs, their job is to entertain us. If they still provide that quality entertainment, I will still watch/listen to their work as long as they are not total extremists and sycophants.
 
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It depends on how loud and preachy they are about it. If you just randomly find out a celebrity is in the political party you don't like, that shouldn't matter. If that celebrity does whatever he or she can to publicly shove that ideology down your throat because they think only they can be right, then I'm out. They can fuck off.
 
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I only draw the line when the celebrity either goes after the supporters of a politician or they call for violence.

Examples being Will Smith saying "Trump supporters need to be cleansed", Tim Heidecker saying "If you see a Republican at the polls, punch them in the back of the head", Peter Fonda saying Barron Trump needs to be kidnapped and caged, etc. Then you have slightly more indirect instances like Snoop Dogg shitting on Kanye and calling him "white" for supporting Trump, so what does that say about his thoughts on white people? I can go on and on.

I don't try to get those artists banned from anything, but I'll just stop giving them money and checking out their stuff going forward. I can't enjoy something when I explicitly know the artist wants me dead.
 
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It never really bothered me because everyone was entitled to a political ideology, whether I agreed with them or not.
The only exceptions of me turning my back on celebrities because of the politics where Rosanne and James Woods. I wanted to include Bill Maher but I feel he's not really a "celebrity" in the traditional sense (films, TV, etc), just an obnoxious political comedian.
 
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It never really bothered me because everyone was entitled to a political ideology, whether I agreed with them or not.
The only exceptions of me turning my back on celebrities because of the politics where Rosanne and James Woods. I wanted to include Bill Maher but I feel he's not really a "celebrity" in the traditional sense (films, TV, etc), just an obnoxious political comedian.
I can understand Rosanne, but why James Woods?
 
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He's kind of a huge asshole. My breaking point was his comments about how a kid whose gay parents brought him to a pride event will end up butchering his parents when he gets older.
His point was that you shouldn't use children as political props. You had two parents parading around their really young son bragging about how gender-confused he is. They were both holding signs strictly about their little kid. Woods wasn't joking that the kid will kill his parents because he's gay or something, but rather because the parents were using him for political purposes.
 
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I would be lying if I said no, but It wont completely stop me from watching anything.

Edit: late night politics hot takes and SNL political sketches are too cringe for me tho. Wont watch those for my own sanity.
 
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His point was that you shouldn't use children as political props. You had two parents parading around their really young son bragging about how gender-confused he is. They were both holding signs strictly about their little kid. Woods wasn't joking that the kid will kill his parents because he's gay or something, but rather because the parents were using him for political purposes.
Nah.
 
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I don’t really care if they have some shitty beliefs. I care if they’re engaging in shitty behavior, giving a lot of money to causes I find abhorrent and so on. Even then I can sometimes still enjoy their art, and just won’t pay money to see their movie in the theater or buy their album or go to their concert etc.
 
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I don’t care at all. If I’m going to see a movie then the actor is playing a character. I’m there for the performance that’s all.

Now if a celebrity is 100% focused on making every thing they do a political statement, I do tend to get wary, just cos it seems like a distraction or a gimmick. If I want to back politics I’ll look for a politician. If you are leaning on politics like some SNL actors who hammer this shit every week then you must not have anything truly unique to offer and I’ll ignore you. There are a million places to get your political kicks.
 
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It would influence my view of them as a person, not my view on them as an artist (assuming they are an artist and not just some famous-for-existing kind of celebrity). Being an asshole and a good artist are not mutually exclusive.
 
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Not at all. People are complicated creatures and even the ones I have vstrong disagreements with on some political issues, I'd probably agree with to the other 80% issues. Also I'm pretty big on losing myself in movies/shows so I usually don't think about their real-life persona anyway.

Now writers producers musicians where their heart a little more on their sleeve. in which case their political views definitely affect my view of their work since more often than not, they're preaching
 
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The way Bautista responded to the whole James Gunn controversy was so belligerent I could not help but grow more fond for the man.
 
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I'd like to say no, but that would be a lie. I wish more of them would learn to keep their mouth shut about anything not directly involving their movies. As if I need some multi-millionaire (who lives in a gated community and never has fewer than 3 armed bodyguards with them at all times) lecturing me on how I'm racist because I don't support far left trash policies.