Country music star Reba McEntire gave a lasting lesson to other entertainers on Wednesday’s episode of “The View.” The musician and actress was asked about entertainers preaching politics from public stages and how her audience might react if she followed suit.
“My fans would be shocked,” the Grammy winner said. “I take it this way: They have paid their hard-earned money to come in there and fill a seat — parking, getting something at the concession stand, go and eat before the concert. [And] I am there to entertain them, to take their worries away from them, so when they walk out, they can kind of have a little lift in their step and go, ‘Aw, that was such a great break from all the problems I have to deal with during daily life.’ So I’m not going to give them my political views.”
McEntire’s words are refreshing as more and more entertainers exploit their public stages to make political points. Rapper Drake just went on an anti-Trump rant at a concert — and everybody remembers the Golden Globes and Meryl Streep’s hogging of the spotlight.
McEntire has a little more gratitude to show her fans. She demonstrates consideration for the “hard-earned money” people fork over to see her perform. She is able to see the positive value her art can have — unlike many others today. Art has the power to lift, to unify, and to give a break to people from such things as politics. McEntire understands that and chooses to use her talents in a positive way, rather than in a divisive way. Her words should serve as a lesson to artists who overvalue their importance and choose to negatively impact pop culture.
Just because McEntire has political opinions doesn’t mean she thinks people pay to hear them. And it doesn’t mean she needs to suppress them, either. Through her music, she can express whatever thoughts and feelings she has. She can broaden the understanding of humanity and life through art — that is what people pay for.
When asked if her decision to refrain from going political was for fear of losing some fans, McEntire said, “That’s not as important as this is my job to entertain. It shouldn’t be my platform to be up on stage giving my political views.”