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Tirades from the shadows: Repercussions of celebrities voicing opinions

Mon, 14 September 2015 16:44
by Faith Haushona-Kavamba

I think local celebrities should refrain from commenting on certain issues, especially on public platforms. 

No one should ever air their views publicly on issues of which they are misinformed, or when they don’t have all the information. This should be an obvious fact. 

However, when celebrities try to comment on these issues, it sets into motion bigger reactions than they had anticipated. 

It’s different from when they are trying to raise awareness about a certain issue, say trying to encourage more HIV positive women who are pregnant to take their Anti-Retroviral (ARV) medication so as to prevent mother-to-child transmissions. 

On the contrary, I would not expect to see celebrities advocating to have these women undergo forced sterilizations because of their illness. 

It is ignorant in that most of these controversial issues deal with violations of human rights, racism or discrimination. 

Very recently, a female musician thought it was her duty to comment on the issue of legalizing abortion in Namibia. 

Her argument was that women intentionally fall pregnant, knowing that they can easily have an abortion, and the fact that she had a daughter made her feel strongly about this matter. 

How could someone with such a large following say something like that on a platform where a lot of people can see? This is was very irresponsible of her. 

Firstly, women should have the right to make decisions for their bodies. 

There is no one who has the right to tell another person what they can and cannot do with their body, especially if they feel that the decision they are making is for their financial, mental and emotional well-being. 

Sex is one way for someone to fall pregnant, but that is not the main purpose of sex now, is it? 

It’s a pleasurable activity, which can also be used as a weight-loss regimen. So, just because someone is doing it doesn’t mean they want to fall pregnant. 

Does she mean to say that people with venereal diseases deserve them because they had sex? I mean these too are a result of the activity. 

You have cases of child marriages, or just irresponsible 13-year-olds having sex and falling pregnant. 

How can you then expect a child to raise another child? 

No matter how accurately you use contraception, it will never be 100% safe. I mean, antibiotics can cancel out the Pill, and you can’t force someone to abstain. 

And that’s only from the perspective of a pro-abortion mind. There are a lot of arguments which can be used to support either side. 

A role model, such as a celebrity, being caught in the crossfire of something like this is dangerous because their opinions may cause those who look up to them to act out those opinions. 

I get it that it’s hard to stand by the sidelines and keep your opinions to yourself when you feel strongly about something, but think of the repercussions of voicing those opinions.