There has been much debate as to whether or not celebrity protests have an effect on the issue that they’re are fighting for. I think that, in a way, they do have a large effect on how the issue is resolved, if it is ever resolved. In a recent article, “Shia LaBeouf and the Pitfalls of Celebrity Activism”, the author states that it is that actions of the common people who rally up to protest wrong doings rather than celebrities have a greater lasting effect on the situation at hand. I find myself agreeing with the author, but at the same time, I can’t help, but disagree with downplaying the role that someone like Shia LaBeouf has on controversial issues. As a celebrity, Shia LaBeouf is followed everywhere he goes, hence, he was able to bring more attention to an issue that he was passionate about. He brings his audience along with him for the journey and what does his audience consist of?? The common people. This would help bring attention and public outcry for a change in unjust actions. It encourages civilians to do something under the example of someone they already idolize. I don’t see any harm that a celeb activist could do for their cause.
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