I commented earlier on the noble stand and relatively sophisticated views (for an athlete) of Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. But generally athletes and celebrities have little to add to public debate. Here (in response to a question about the recent contraception rule controversy) is Danica Patrick espousing a view of government that belies reality and is fit for a nation of sheep rather than free men and women. However, it is more typical of what one would expect from a celebrity*:
“I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for Americans.”
Of course it is Thomas who was hammered in the media. Wouldn’t want to disrespect the government since it is only trying to make good decisions for Americans and all.
* Though to be fair to Patrick – even though her argument is still worth castigating given its silly view of government and how (unfortunately) representative it is of the views of so many people – she wasn’t exactly looking to make a political statement when this reporter asked her such an off-the-wall question for essentially a race media event at the NPC.