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Kurt Russell Says Celebrities Should Not Make Political Statements

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Veteran Hollywood actor Kurt Russell believes that celebrities shouldn’t weigh in publicly on politics, saying that actors should step away from anything that prevents audiences from seeing them as a character.

Kurt Russell made the comments in an interview with the New York Times to promote his new Netflix movie The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two, in which he reprises his role as Santa Claus alongside longtime partner Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus.

At one point in the interview, Russell was asked he still believes celebrities should steer clear of making political statements.

“Totally. I’ve always been someone who felt we are court jesters. That’s what we do,” he replied. “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. There’s no reason entertainers can’t learn just as much as anybody else about a subject, whatever it is. 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.”

He added: “A court jester isn’t always funny. 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. I think that’s been a big, important part of all cultures throughout history, and I’d like to see it stay in ours.”

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