We Really Shouldn’t Have Asked Celebrities Their Opinions on These Important Issues

Tell us more about your thoughts on the war in Iraq, Britney Spears.

Most celebrities aren’t exactly political aficionados, so it’s extremely mind-boggling when they’re asked about topics like foreign policy in interviews and expected to deliver eloquent responses. Most of the time, we get something akin to “Uh, America is great! Love the prez.” (OK, no one has yet to say that literal quote—to our knowledge—but fingers crossed it happens soon.) We definitely think these 10 celebrities are capable of intelligent political musings, but we suggest they do a bit of research before spewing word vomit. It’ll make things a whole less messier in the long run. (And if that doesn’t work, “no comment” will never get you in trouble!)

  • 1 Britney Spears on the war in Iraq (2003):
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    “Honestly, I think we should just trust our president (George W. Bush) in every decision that he makes and that we should just support that and be faithful in what happens.” (When asked if she trusted President Bush, she said, “Yes, I do.”) – CNN

  • 2 Justin Bieber on what American political party he’d support (2011):
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    “I’m not sure about the parties. But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.” – Rolling Stone

  • 3 Arnold Schwarzenegger on same-sex marriage (2003):
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    “I think gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.” – Said while campaigning to be California governor

  • 4 Brooke Hogan on voting (2008):
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    “You know what? I am actually not that much into voting. I think it’s kinda crazy that a woman is running, because I think that women deal with a lot of emotions and menopause and PMS and stuff. Like, I’m so moody all the time, I know I couldn’t be able to run a country, ’cause I’d be crying one day and yelling at people the next day, ya know?” – Brooke Knows Best

  • 5 Lindsay Lohan on tax cuts (2012):
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    “[sic] we also need to cut them for those that are listed on Forbes as “millionaires” if they are not, you must consider that as well” – Twitter

  • 6 Kid Rock on being president (2002):
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    “If I was president of the good old U.S.A., I’d turn the churches into strip clubs and watch the whole world pray.” – via BuzzFeed

  • 7 Sheryl Crow on environmentalism (2007):
    “I propose a limitation be put on how many sqares [sic] of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required.” – The Huffington Post

  • 8 John Kerry on education (2006):
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    “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” – said during a campaign rally for California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides (Even our politicians shouldn’t talk about politics sometimes!)

  • 9 Bill O’Reilly on same-sex marriage (2009):
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    “If the California Supreme Court had allowed the gays to marry, then anybody could have gotten married. You could have married a duck.” – The O’Reilly Factor (Oh! And political journalists need to STFU every now and then, too.)

  • 10 Shailene Woodley on feminism (2014):
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    “[I’m not a feminist because] I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are.” – TIME magazine