Julia Roberts finds it distracting when celebrities talk politics or religion

Add Julia Roberts to the list of celebrities who think that their peers shouldn’t be too vocal about their political beliefs and affiliations. The 40 year-old Oscar winning actress and mother of three told the UK edition of OK! magazine that she sometimes gets turned off by celebrities talking about politics and can find it distracting to know too much about the actors’ opinions when she’s trying to watch a movie. Roberts is an outspoken advocate for the environment and for conservation, but she apparently thinks it’s different when celebrities get too in depth into their personal beliefs and religious convictions.

Do you feel you should now be a bit more public about your views on life
People do care what celebrities think, but it’s a such a hollow care. I’ve seen actors on TV start talking about their politics or religion, and I just think, you’re putting me off. I don’t need to know every little thing. People don’t really want to know. I’ts nice if you don’t have all those little voices in the back of your head when you’re watching somebody in a movie.

[From OK! Magazine, UK print edition, September 9, 2008]

Roberts is widely quoted as saying of President Bush “He’s embarrassing, he’s not my president. He will never be my president.” She also supposedly defended his daughter Jenna’s underage drinking by quipping “We all need to take a deep breath and think about being a Bush daughter and having that cross to bear. I’d go out and have a couple of drinks, too.”

Those quotes are listed on IMDB and it’s hard to find an exact source or date when Roberts supposedly said those things, but it’s worth noting that she’s talked politics in the past. Maybe she regrets it and is striving to just focus on environmental issues from now on.

Kid Rock is another famous person who finds it off putting when celebrities talk politics. He said last week that “I truly believe that people like myself, who are in a position of entertainers in the limelight, should keep their mouth shut on politics.” Rock maintains that he’s good at being a musician but is uneducated in political matters. He also says that he thinks “celebrity endorsements hurt politicians.”

Julia Roberts is shown at the Kit Kittredge: An American Girl New York Premiere on 6/19/08. Credit: Anthony G. Moore / PR Photos

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  1. daisy424 says:

    A breath of fresh air :-)
    Amen :wink:

  2. Enonymous says:

    FINALLY. Good on these celebrities like Jilia Roberts and Kid Rock for keeping their opinions to themselves. JR is totally right, it is a destruction.

  3. geronimo says:

    Kid Rock rocks. 8)

    Typical Julia Roberts, do as I say, not as I do. I don’t care about actors/celebs having politicial opinions, I just care when their opinion is seen to carry more weight than someone else’s.

  4. Granger says:

    I can’t stand Ms Roberts, so everything she says rubs me the wrong way.

  5. elisha says:

    Awesome. Both her & Kidd’s views and her hair.

  6. Kaiser says:

    Then shut up, Julia. If you don’t think actors should talk politics, then that should include not belittling your fellow actors for talking politics.

    I hate when holier-than-thou actors slam other actors. It’s one of my biggest peeves.

    Or maybe it’s because everything about Julia irks the hell out of me. :evil:

  7. Enonymous says:

    lol, no destruction but distraction. :lol:

  8. geronimo says:

    Yeah but kaiser, Julia needs to say it to show us she’s not one of ‘them’. Otherwise, how would we know? That the best thing to do is not say anything at all seems to have completely passed her superior little self by. :roll:

  9. what says:

    didn’t kid rock write a song, “american warrior” for a recruitment campaign.
    the video shows american soldiers in baghdad, one of them playfully kicks a football towards a muslim kid and everyone smiles. am i the only one who picks up a slight hint of political opinion there?


    So don’t tell me who’s wrong or right when liberty starts slipping away
    And if you ain’t gonna fight, get out of the way
    ‘Cause freedom ain’t so free when you breathe red, white, and blue
    I’m giving all of myself, how about you?

  10. Diva says:

    Is patriotism politics?

    I’m sincerely asking that question, not trying to be sarcastic, I swear.

  11. Jenna says:

    I agree with her.

    Also, did anyone else find her brother rather attractive in The Dark Knight? Made me want to run out and join the mob to find someone who looked like him :twisted:

  12. Jen (the other one) says:

    Wait a minute. Kid Rock is “in the limelight“?! Wow, that is the funniest thing I’ve read all day!

  13. Baholicious says:

    I understand what she means about having that voice in the back of your mind while watching an actor perform…I can barely stand to watch Everybody Loves Raymond now because I find Patricia Heaton’s politics repugnant. It shouldn’t matter because it has nothing to do with the job but the knowledge is there now. I can’t ‘unknow’ it :(

  14. Gracie says:

    Ugh. I recall her nasty comments about republicans a couple of years back, so her statement is self-serving garbage, IMO.

    Poor Celebitchy – all this bickering about politics on a gossip site.

  15. RAN says:

    I agree with her as well. She professed a dislike for the president and took up for his daughter, that’s not necessarily politics – depending upon your viewpoint. I don’t recall hearing that she voted for Al Gore though — never heard a pro Dem or Republican stance from her either way. It’s ok to be human and voice an opinion, but openly supporting a candidate one way or the other – maybe that’s just not her thing.

  16. what says:

    diva, i don’t think patriotism is politics.
    but the video for that song seemed to me to have a clear message of: the iraqis love us, want us here, and we are doing right by them. basically, pro-war.

  17. Jeanne says:

    She’s a hypocrite. Just Google Julia Roberts and politics and you’ll see she’s shot off her mouth before too re: Bush, Republicans etc.

  18. Mia says:

    Anyone should be able to speak their mind about politics or any subject, no matter their profession. Maybe Ms. Roberts sees herself as a celebrity first and a citizen second. That’s unfortunate.

  19. Cindy Berry Wood says:

    She is a class act and I am so happy she keeps her political views to herself. I love her movies she is a fantastic artist and I would hate to Boycott her movies just because I didn’t agree with her. I am watching Notting Hill right now. Thanks for all your talent you share! Wonderful Artist!