School of Journalism professor Alan Schroeder was interviewed in a recent US News & World Report article on Ashley Judd’s race for a senate seat and the effect her celebrity has had on her candidacy. While the article, referencing Seth McFarlane’s sexist gaffe at this year’s Oscars, suggests the nation’s love affair with celebrity gossip puts politically hungry stars in an awkward position, Schroeder and others studying the space believe a celebrity’s daily experiences set them up for success in the political realm. ”Innately, [entertainers] have a lot of [messaging] skills because that’s what they’ve been doing in their entertainment careers,” Schroeder was quoted as saying.
Sexism, celebrity, and the strange state of politics in Hollywood
March 7th, 2013