Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Having your say! No matter who you are.

It seems that the actor Ewan McGregor has decided not to appear on a morning television show because he realised that one of the hosts is Piers Morgan, journalist and television personality. Piers Morgan made some comments about the women's march against Trump, talk of letting the "nasty women" (a Trump expression, if ever there was one) win and so Ewan McGregor opted not to go and talk to him on TV. Here's their exchange of tweets:

Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn't realise ‪@piersmorgan‬ was host. Won't go on with him after his comments about ‪#WomensMarch

‬ ‪@piersmorgan‬
Sorry to hear that ‪@mcgregor_ewan‬ - you should be big enough to allow people different political opinions. You're just an actor after all.

So the man who is, after all, just a journalist and television personality can put down Ewan McGregor for being "just an actor". I wouldn't go on television with Piers Morgan and I am not even an actor. 

Why shouldn't actors have the right to express their opinions and choose the people they want or, more importantly perhaps, don't want to speak to? Of course they are "only actors" but they are well-known public figures, looked up to and admired by many, and have as much right to make their opinions known as journalists do. I wonder if Mr Morgan regards all the performers who turned down invitations to play their music at the inauguration as "only singers" who should be "big enough to allow people different political opinions".

We are all entitled to our opinions and the more different opinions that are put out there, the more discussion there can be about all the important things that affect us all.

And so I am even happy to see the Prince of Wales co-authoring a book on climate change, to be published by Ladybird books next week. I confess to being surprised to see it described as "intended as a plain English guide to the subject for an adult readership" but this is because I always thought Ladybird books were intended for children. Maybe, however, the recent popularity of spoof Ladybird books and mock Enid Blyton stories will lead to adults buying the book. Will that very popularity lead to people not taking this one seriously though? I wonder.

But we should take it seriously. After all, Charles is also entitled to express his opinions even if he is only a prince.

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