Anyone hiding under a rock for the past year might have missed the droves of celebrities that came out to preach about politics.
Some celebrities have defended their right to get political, saying that they’re entitled to that privilege just like any other American.
Still, not everyone agrees that rule applies when it comes to paid performances — such as when the cast of Broadway’s “Hamilton” singled out Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the audience with his family enjoying the show.
On Wednesday, Country Music Hall of Famer Reba McEntire tackled this topic for herself, explaining to the ladies of “The View” exactly why she doesn’t feel right pushing her politics on her fans.
Referencing Canadian rapper Drake’s recent rant against President Trump during a London concert, co-host Joy Behar asked the country star what would happen “if you ever went on a political rant in the middle of your act.”
With a smile, Reba replied that her fans would be “shocked”:
“I take it this way: They have paid their hard-earned money to come in there and fill a seat — parking, getting something at the concession stand, going to eat before the concert — and I am there to entertain them, to take their worries away from them.
So when they walk out, they can kind of have a little lift in their step and just go, ‘Ah, that was such a great break from all the problems I have to deal with during daily life.’”
Following a loud round of applause, Behar went on to question whether the singer avoids getting political over the concern that it might drive away half her audience.
Reba brushed aside the suggestion, saying:
“That’s not as important as ‘this is my job to entertain.’ It shouldn’t be my platform to be up on stage giving my political views.”
For what it’s worth, the country star has said much the same about why she avoids speaking publicly about her faith, explaining that she would rather “teach by example so I don’t preach to people.”
Given the audience’s reaction — and the fact that even the hosts of “The View” thanked her for keeping politics out of her performances — more stars may want to take note of Reba’s humbling perspective.