Now That the Oscars Are Over, Allow Me To Be a Grouch
Feb 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM
Jeff Stier in Autism, Congress, Culture, Environment, Government, Jim Carrey, Julia Roberts, Junk Science, Media

Why do we care when celebrities opine on issues outside of their expertise? I’ll make them a deal: I won’t sing, and they won’t write about health policy.

 As I write in today, Celebrities Should Stick To Their Song And Dance

 In 2002, Julia Roberts asked Congress to earmark $15 million for Retts Syndrome and Congress listened. But should celebrities be advising policy-makers on how to best allocate limited resources? Maybe the funds could have been better spent on some other disease — or maybe not. But I’d rather scientists inform those critical decisions.
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