Did anyone see Dorothy Hamill's appearance at the Repubican National Convention last week? I just learned about it from this article in the Golden Skate newsletter (thanks, Paula).
Hamill says she wants to foster patriotism Hamill spoke as part of a group of athletes including Mary Lou Retton, Kerri Strug and footballer Lynn Swan in support of Bush. Some highlights:
"Although Hamill worked for former President Reagan's election and re-election campaigns, she said she rarely talks about her political views publicly.
"I really try not to be political. My job is not to be political," Hamill said."
About the Olympics:
"There is nothing more incredible than standing on that platform when they drape the flag around your neck and hearing the national anthem," Hamill said.
Hamill said she was disappointed this year that some felt U.S. patriotism at the games had to be played down for fear of seeming jingoistic.
"The Olympics aren't supposed to be political," she said. "It is always sad when you can't be as vocal about being proud to be an American."
"Maybe it's Pollyannaish, but I long for the old days when it was us against the Eastern Bloc countries."
(Well, as long as it's not political, Dorothy, LOL.)
Do you think that athletes and movie stars should use their celebrity to speak out for political causes that they feel passionate about? Should they try to keep their political lives separate from their public lives as entertainers? Should they lay low so as not to get in trouble, like the Dixie Chicks did last year?