Kurt Russell wishes his fellow Hollywood celebrities would stop talking about politics so that they can remain the "court jesters" he believes they all are.
It sounds harsh and won't give him any popularity votes. But is he right?
Russell is a legend in his own right
Kurt Russell and his long term partner, Goldie Hawn, are promoting their upcoming Christmas movie. The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2.
Russell started acting back in the '60s before he was even a teenager. He became one of the most recognized faces of action and Sci-Fi movies back in the '80s. He's been regularly working ever since.
Between the two decades, Russell, like his father, had a baseball career. What was always fascinating is that the former Disney child star never really had big scandals, nor did he care about the whole celebrity culture.
Russell doesn't even use social media, though he likes to make guest star appearances alongside his girlfriend of 37 years on her Instagram.
Unlike most of his colleagues, Russell has credibility because he knows his place. And he definitely doesn't abuse his star power. So, when he spoke up about politics, alongside Goldie Hawn, it made people think.
Hawn and Russel explain why actors shouldn't voice their political opinions
Russell told the New York Times:
I've always been someone who felt we are court jesters. That's what we do.
As far as I'm concerned, you should step away from saying anything so that you can still be seen by the audience in any character.
He continued explaining why he feels Hollywood should be a bit more on the learning side:
But I think that what's sad about it is that they lose their status as a court jester. And I'm a court jester. That's what I was born to do.
Hawn added that court jesters "aren't always funny," continuing:
A court jester is the only one who can walk into the castle and put the king down as long as he doesn't hit too close to home.
It's safe to say that both Russell and Hawn don't think they are any better than us mere mortals. Some will disagree, but not everyone should be ashamed because they choose to speak their truth respectfully.
Previously, Russell explained that many Hollywood liberals are hidden democrats and vice versa. It's no wonder he doesn't think his peers should teach others about their political beliefs.
Will he face the "cancel culture" now? Do you think that Hawn and Russell even care about it, or they merely wanted to say that Hollywood should listen, not just talk?