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Ozzie Guillen and the Validity of Celebrity Opinions

By Chris Elliott On April - 10 - 2012

"Mickey Mantle? That's what you're upset about? Mantle makes $100,000 a year. How much does your father make? If your dad ever can't pay the rent and needs money, go ask Mickey Mantle. See what happens. Mickey Mantle don't care about you. Why care about him?"— Sonny (Chazz Palminteri), "A Bronx Tale"

There is truth in the above quote.

Why do we care so much about what our athletes and movie stars say, feel, think and do?

Why do we let these people have a say in the emotions that we feel?

Now, don't get me wrong, I understand the anger and frustration involved on the field in sports. I support the right to throw a remote at the TV when your star receiver drops a game winning catch in the end zone, or a kicker misses a chip shot field goal as time expires. The emotion there is acceptable and even desired. What would be the reason to support a team otherwise?

But off the field...

That is a different story.

We have devolved into a culture that gives celebrities a valid opinion. Because of their success on the field, on the screen or in print, we...

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