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article imageOp-Ed: Celebrities against the status quo

By Alex Allen     Sep 1, 2013 in Politics
Likely a result of the growing disillusionment with current government and political affairs, it seems as though more celebrities are speaking out against the status quo each day.
The fact that society as a whole is obsessed with popular culture cannot be denied. It often seems as though the average person is more concerned about their favorite movie stars' attire than they are with government affairs and current events. So it's always a positive thing to see celebrities who are constantly in society's spotlight challenging the status quo and getting involved in political activism or dialogue. There have been several cases of this within the last several years and I have decided to compile a list of what I believe to be some of the most notable celebrities who have 'taken a stand.'
1. Ted Nugent - No one can deny that Uncle Ted is outspoken when it comes to his personal beliefs. He's a pro-gun, right wing outdoors-man and he wants to make sure everyone knows it. The currently 64 year old rock star, famous for hits like "Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever," has been the subject of controversy numerous times. He received a lot of heat during last year's presidential race when he said he would either be "in jail or dead" if Barack Obama was re-elected. He is also an outspoken supporter of right-wing radio host Alex Jones and has appeared on his show numerous times to discuss multiple subjects.
File photo: The Secret Service is investigating after Ted Nugent said at a NRA meeting that he would...
File photo: The Secret Service is investigating after Ted Nugent said at a NRA meeting that he would be "dead or in jail" if Obama is re-elected
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2. Russell Brand - While Brand may be opposite Ted Nugent on the ideological spectrum, they are one in the same in that they are both blunt, passionate, and not afraid to speak the truth. The 38-year-old British comedian has been becoming more prominent in the political world recently. He shocked millions with his recent appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program during which he talked about the superficial agenda of the mainstream media. He has also stated that aligns himself with socialist and even Marxist principles but strives overall for freedom and truth.
Russell Brand  one of several celebrities involved in a promotional video  I am Bradley Manning
Russell Brand, one of several celebrities involved in a promotional video "I am Bradley Manning"
3. Chuck Norris - Chuck Norris, the popular martial artist and actor, has been a prominent supporter of the Republican Party for decades, even endorsing several Republican presidential candidates. He has also spoken out in support of former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, who has been elected and campaigned as both a Libertarian and a Republican, but maintained the same principles throughout his career. He even appeared on Neil Cavuto's FOX Business program to speak out against the "New World Order" in 2009.
Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
Corporal Lynn Murillo
4. Charlie Sheen - Sheen's drug-induced rant about his "tiger blood" and "winning" was not the only thing that got him a lot of heat in the public eye. In 2009, he came out for "9/11 truth" on The Alex Jones Show, raising several questions about the official story behind the alleged terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.
Charlie Sheen in Toronto
Charlie Sheen in Toronto
5. Tupac Shakur - Known more commonly by his stage name "2Pac," this rapper whose life was cut short in 1996 was outspoken in his music about the Illuminati, the New World Order, and various government affairs. He is also featured in numerous interviews in which he speaks out about all of these things.
File photo: In 1996  Tupac Amaru Shakur  was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas  Nevad...
File photo: In 1996, Tupac Amaru Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he died six days later.
There are several other prominent figures who have spoken out or taken a stance on important issues, distancing themselves from the usual narcissistic, self-serving, and superficial attitude of the pop-culture industry. The people listed are simply individuals who have stood out to me over the years.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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