I've tweeted a number of articles this week that provide an overview of how popular culture has shaped the public’s opinion of marriage equality. We've become accustomed to, and acknowledge, how television and movies influence our beliefs, but what happens when the advice moves from television and movie scripts to celebrities themselves offering opinions? Does the advice carry more importance? Less?
Just last week, Jada Pinkett Smith provided advice (her opinion really) on Facebook on what to do if your spouse cheats.
But, what about celebrities with even fewer qualifications than those so-called experts? Just as it is difficult to distinguish the “news” portion on Fox News from their commentary and opinion time slots, it’s getting ever more challenging to know when relationship advice is coming from an expert (a therapist, psychologist, social scientist, etc.) or someone simply famous. On the other hand, celebrities can play an important role in challenging unhelpful relationship beliefs. For instance, many have spoken out about their experiences with domestic violence and have brought much-needed awareness to this social problem.