We all idolize celebrities. It has become a huge part of American culture. We can’t help wanting Selena Gomez’ hair or wanting to dress like Taylor Swift. Celebrities are contracted to promote certain designers or beauty products and, to be honest, I would buy pretty much anything that Beyonce tries to sell me. Celebrities can be helpful when it comes to promoting products or charities, but when it comes to endorsing presidential candidates, celebrities do more harm than good.

   There is a significant difference between supporting a candidate and endorsing one. Katy Perry, Caitlyn Jenner, Aaron Carter, George Clooney and several other celebrities have endorsed candidates. The problem lies not in who celebrities are endorsing, but why their endorsements could sway someone’s political opinion. I love Katy Perry’s bubblegum-pop as much as the next twenty-one year old girl, but she does not have the authority to tell me who to vote for. For some, celebrity endorsements seem like an attempt to stay relevant. Recently, Caitlyn Jenner has been vocal about her conservative beliefs and went so far as to endorse Ted Cruz. We are always excited to see someone endorse a conservative candidate, but Caitlyn Jenner has no business doing so. Being a former Olympian and a transgender woman does not give her the political authority to endorse a candidate.

   Endorsements in a presidential race should come from those who have political experience and if you ask me, Aaron Carter’s political resume looks a little empty. We buy celebrity-endorsed products because we assume they use them and like the results.  Choosing a political candidate is more important than choosing a new lipstick. Candidates have the ability to affect so many aspects of our lives, foreign policy, education and taxation just to name a few. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time believing Katy Perry is caught up on global foreign affairs. We need to remember our next president is not only the leader of our nation, but the leader of the free world.The endorsement of a candidate can significantly boost the successfulness of the campaign, depending on who is endorsing them. We love celebrities, but I’m not sure we should let them have a hand in choosing the next leader of the free world.

   People with political experience are the most likely to be educated on current affairs and the best solutions to our nation’s problems.  It is a politician’s job to stay informed, that is what they are paid to do. It is important to remember that celebrities are people too; they have to stay informed on issues just like we do. Yes, they travel more than the average person and they normally look flawless, but that is their job. While it may be difficult, it is important to remember the reason someone like Aaron Carter “endorses” someone is because he was a teenage heartthrob in 2000. We must ask ourselves why we value the political endorsements of celebrities when, in reality, they have no qualifications to do so.

Jessica P