Entertainers We Take Seriously


You may not remember him, but Will Rogers was both a beloved cowboy and a humorist. Once, he said, “Everything changes. People are now taking their comedians more seriously and their politicians as jokes.” Ironically, this comment was made back in the early part of the 20th century. That was when the comedic period in America was at its highest. However, it does seem to be true more now than ever.

Aside from Mr. Rogers, the satirical and witty commentary on every subject by other iconic humorists, like Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain, both informed and entertained Americans throughout the early 20th century. These gods of the literary world set a precedent for mocking and criticizing politicians publicly in ways that were so witty and clever that they were received better than the news outlets of that period. People like Rogers, Wilde, Twain, and more paved the way for many of their modern day successors like Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and more.

Let’s take a look at some of the celebs turned political – either to politics as a career or to being looked at as a political satirist. If you decide to take a closer look, you can see these people on many of the channels found on the service that saves including Biography, CBS, and HBO.

Ronald Reagan

We all know Reagan as a former President of the United States. Before that though, he was an actor. Once Mr. Reagan finished his stint in college, he became an announcer for sports radio in Iowa. He has a voice that was powerful and that voice went hand in hand with his good looks. With this one–two combination, he was able to get a contract with Warner Brothers where he easily transitioned into a movie star.

Shirley Temple Black

Nobody could have known that this child actor – iconic as she was – would one day be able to reach beyond her string of family films. The tap shoe wearing, curly-haired star from the mid 20th century stepped away from Hollywood around 1950 and turned herself more towards politics. She began with a stint in foreign service with the General Assembly of the UN in 1969. From there, she became the US Ambassador to Ghana in the year 1974. After that, she went on to become the Chief Protocol of the US and the US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold earned the nickname “The Governator” by becoming the governor of California, a position he held from 2003 – 2011. He began his career as Mr. Universe and transitioned from there into a career as a movie star. He turned political after that and managed to get elected as governor after he replaced Gray Davis when Mr. Davis was recalled from that position. Schwarzenegger was reelected in 2006. Now that his stint as governor has finished, he seems to be turning back to Hollywood to keep himself busy.

Jesse Ventura

This guy was a professional wrestler. He ended up turning political and becoming the governor of Minnesota. Before that, he was also in a movie called “Predator” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ventura started his adult life with a tour in the US Navy. From there, he became a wrestler with the WWF (now WWE). After that, he acted in quite a few action movies. He began his political career as the Mayor of a town in Minnesota called Brooklyn Park and went on from there to become the governor.

Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer’s original claim to fame was an incredibly trashy talk show where there was more fighting than talking most of the time. Aside from that, Jerry was in quite a few different TV shows and even acted on Broadway in the hit show The Rocky Horror Show as well as in Chicago. He is also a political satirist. Before he hosted one of the most iconic and embarrassing TV shows of all times, he was the mayor of Cincinnati in the late 1970s.

Clint Eastwood

This Oscar winning screen legend is also a politician. He became the mayor of a city called Carmel by the Sea back in the 1980s and was an appointee to the California State Park and Recreation Commission back in 2001 and to the California Film Commission back in 2004. These days, he is the subject of frequent memes on social media.


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