Last week, NARAL Pro-Choice America posted their first BuzzFeed article of pro-choice male celebrities, using #MenForChoice. Remember Mark Ruffalo’s pro-choice rant of a statement, I guess we would call it?
Well, he is second on NARAL’s list. Other mentions include David Cross from Arrested Development, Ed Harris, Jack Black, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Stanley Tucci and William H. Macy. There are others on the list, but these are the ones I’m familiar with and fans of.
Now, I’ll admit I love Mark Ruffalo. What girl doesn’t love lame but cute romantic comedies like 13 Going on 30 and Just Like Heaven? And Shutter Island is one of my favorite movies, of all time.
I will admit it, and some pro-lifers will no doubt be shocked with me, that his pro-choice opinions, no matter how fired up and inarticulate they may be, do not matter one bit to me. The same goes for the actors I mentioned above. Honestly, I don’t care what they say about abortion, at least I don’t anymore or less than what anyone else has to say about abortion. And I’m pretty much used to Hollywood being full of celebrities not in agreement with me, and I say good riddance. Most of them are a bunch of nuts anyway.
When I watch a movie, my decision to watch it comes down to as to if I think it looks like a good movie. The same thing goes for when I listen to a song. I’m subscribing to the entertainer’s talent, not their political beliefs on abortion or any other issue.
When I went to a Pitbull concert, he said something along the lines of how music brings all sorts of people together. Amen! Pitbull was there to sing and bring us together to enjoy his music, not to discuss policy. Coldplay, on the other hand, I am disappointed with, and that’s because Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Action Fund was at their concert. Not the time or the place, regardless of how you feel about abortion.
Would I like any of these celebrities more so if they were pro-life? Absolutely. Of course I would. I don’t find that one’s acting ability has anything to do with their pro-choice or pro-life viewpoints though. I’m not going to stop seeing Mark Ruffalo’s movies because he says one dumb thing about abortion which I don’t agree with. Now, if he were to get involve himself in a movie where he spouts all the best things in the world about abortion, well, I wouldn’t see that movie.
Admittedly, it is pretty cool and worth rejoicing over to have celebrities on our side on this issue. And it is true that there would be further reason to like that celebrity, but because of their status as a positive role model rather than their acting or singing ability.
NARAL Pro-Choice American can tout all they wish to about having these 11 #MenForChoice. Let them. Wouldn’t the joke be on them if one of the eleven turned out to be pro-life someday? Sometimes it seems like it would be cool to have more celebrities agree with us on this issue, and we may question how come we don’t. It would also be nice if our organizations got money from the government, like Planned Parenthood does, or if the mainstream media and entertainment business made being pro-life super cool.
At the end of the day though, we have truth and love on our side. The abortion industry can glitz up their side all they want to, but that’s because they actually have something a lot more awful to convince people here.
You may choose to only involve yourself with celebrities who are pro-life, or to allow your children to do so. That’s fine, and there is merit to subscribing to those we know are good role models in that they share this same belief. But, I know that I’m a strong enough pro-lifer that it doesn’t matter to me if Mark Ruffalo or David Cross share my viewpoint on abortion. Shutter Island may be one of my favorite movies and Arrested Developed may be pretty darn funny, but I don’t need either of its stars to reinforce my pro-life beliefs.