Celebrity activism is effective and can make a real difference. Whether its appealing to the U.S. senate to push for legislation, funding non-profit organizations, or leading or participating in boycotts, celebrities are able to leverage their popularity and fan base to promote global awareness for important social causes that might otherwise never get off the ground. Francis Maxwell writes in the Huffington Post that such celebrity activists should not have to apologize for or defend their beliefs and efforts to further their cause to critics. After all, their actions are making a positive difference around the world.
Celebrity activism is not effective and does more harm than good. While celebrities may be very good intentioned in taking up a cause and pushing for policy changes, there are often unintended consequences, writes Georgia Cole, Ben Radley and Jean Benoit-Falisse in The Guardian. These celebrities don't necessarily know how to transfer their ideals into practical, beneficial solutions, which leaves the people they are trying to help vulnerable and in harm's way when strategies aren't implemented correctly. Plus, having a cause gives them access to more media outlets and audiences to further their own brands