I really do not understand why entertainers decide to rip elected officials in the United States (or anywhere around the globe for that matter). It is just bad image management. Why risk alienating your fanbase publically over what you privately believe.
It is not even a matter of what side of the political spectrum you land on - I think it is always a risk.
Pat Boone does not agree with me. The legendary signer, famous for both his pop work as well as his gospel, is not the biggest Barack Obama fan (an understatement, to say the least). He appeared today on Fox Business News with Neil Cavuto where they discussed the deficit and sequestration.
Using rhetoric that would put him right at home at a Tea Party rally, Boone accused Obama of being a socialist, with the goal of destroying America's economic progress through bad policy.
"He is following his playbook, which is Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals," he said. "This is the guy that trained him to be a community organizer, a Marxist, a socialist, a progressive, who wrote the rules for doing what Mr. Obama is doing."
Cavuto disagreed with Boone on this, which just caused Boone to dig his heels in deeper.
"He has a plan, he thinks it’s good for America — a virtually socialist nation in which nobody gets rich, government is in charge of everything," he said, adding that he was on the president's "enemies list." Maybe it is because he has also wrongly accused Obama of being a Kenyan Muslim in the past.
Should entertainers speak out about these kind of things?