Don’t let celebrities tell you how to vote

I am just going to come out and say it. I don’t know who I am voting for yet.

While time might be running out, I wouldn’t feel comfortable throwing my vote to either candidate blindly yet.

And the more help I can get making my decision the better, but there is some help I just don’t want.

The useless assistance I speak of is the stuff pouring out of the mouths of celebrities.

Who really cares who Paris Hilton votes for? Also, can anyone tell me exactly why she has acclaimed celebrity status? I know she gave someone a “trip to Paris” and filmed it, but what has she contributed to society?

And I am glad I am not shallow enough to decide who I am voting for solely based on what celebrities think, because I would have decided a long time ago to give my vote to Barack Obama.

Obama has a laundry list of famous supporters, including Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey and Scarlett Johansson, while the only person to come up on a Google search for “celebrity McCain supporters” is someone named Heidi Montag. I then had to Google “Heidi Montag” to find out she was on “The Hills.”

Some celebrities have gone as far as creating videos to support their favorite candidate while they trash the other.

Once again, the majority of these videos were created to support Obama. Madonna went as far as to create a video for her song “Get Stupid” that compared McCain to Nazis.

But not all of these videos are devoted to trashing a candidate. Many comedians and actors are attacking eligible voters who are waiving their right to choose the next leader of the free world.

The most memorable of these celebrity-fueled “public service announcements” I have seen so far this campaign season involved two of my favorite celebrities: Jessica Alba and Hayden Panettiere.

The premise behind their announcement was that Alba was selling muzzles to people who didn’t feel like voting while Panettiere modeled the muzzles.

As ridiculously stupid as this “commercial” was, it is actually the best one on the market. It basically conveys the message that, as my Grandpa says, “If you don’t use your right to vote, you don’t have the right to complain.”

Another thing that really grinds my gears about the upcoming elections is that foreign celebrities, who don’t even have the right to vote, are voicing their opinion about candidates and the current presidency.

Some guy from England named Russell Brand, another Google search for that one (I didn’t know he was the guy in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) is printing bumper stickers that read “Russell Brand says…Please vote for Barack Obama.”

I have a couple words for that guy. Go drink some tea and eat some crumpets and leave the American political situations to the Americans.

So I will come to a decision in the coming weeks, and I hope that what I decide is for the purest reasons and not because some famous person said it is the right thing to do.

Billy Wessels is a senior news editorial journalism major from Waxahachie.