Celebrities Do Not Make Good Politicians


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Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks at a Las Vegas medical seminar on Jan. 7, 2020.

Jaelyn Hudson, A+E Editor

Scrolling through the TV channels, you stumble across “The Dr. Oz Show.” You pause for a moment, watching as he introduces the next new diet or tip to keep you healthier. 

Scrolling through the channels once more, you reach a news network. Again you see Dr. Oz, now being introduced as the next candidate for Pennsylvania’s open senate seat. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a heart surgeon popularized by his own health-information show that first aired in 2009, announced his run for as a Republican Tuesday morning.

“I’m running for the Senate to empower you to control your destiny, to reinvigorate our great nation, and to reignite the divine spark that we should always be seeing in each other,” Oz tweeted.

Oz is not the first TV personality to enter the political scene, but he should be the last. 

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a celebrated actor before taking office in 2003, and former President Donald Trump was a well-known TV personality before his term in office. 

Even Ronald Reagan was a celebrated actor before his entrance into politics, according to his president biography.

But it is time that celebrities stop using their influence to gain power in politics when there are more experienced, qualified individuals to hold those positions. 

Val Arkoosh, for example, is a Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate who has also worked as a doctor for many years. Also, Republican candidate Carla Sands has experience on a presidential staff. 

Promising candidates like these are overlooked when celebrities enter politics. Voters turn to the familiar face who knows how to speak persuasively, earning a spot in politics even when he is unqualified and unprepared. 

And in many cases, a celebrity’s decision to run for office is based more in his desire for attention than his passion for politics. 

Dwayne Johnson has recently considered campaigning for president. 

“I do have that goal to unite our country and I also feel that if this is what the people want, then I will do that,” Johnson said. 

But the people don’t want it. Presidential candidates should be planning actions to create positive change while in office and long after. 

Johnson’s willingness to run for president “if the people want it” disregards any of the thought and responsibility required for the job.

Political offices are not new, exciting jobs for bored celebrities. They should be a place for strong leaders to defend the various needs and opinions of the country’s citizens. 

A familiar face should never be enough to put an unqualified person in a position of power.