I tend to feel conflicted about clebrities pimping a cause. On one hand, they don’t tend to be better informed or knowledgeable about science or politics, for example, than anyone else. On the other hand, they can do a great service to a cause by bringing attention to it.Â This may be for better or worse – Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey’s work killing children compared to Michael J. Fox’s work to save lives and create better quality of life for people with currently untreatable or incurable chronic diseases.
What are your thoughts on celebrity spokespeople for science-based (or “science”-based) causes? Should they use their reach to promote these causes? Or should they sit back, relax, and keep looking great for the red carpet (worry puts people at risk for wrinkles and having a BMI of 17+)?