The Celebrity (Activist) Industrial Complex

Mar 13, 2017 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Aminatou Sow

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Beyonce, Emma Watson, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Kim K. It seems like celebs are more eager to use their status as a platform for activism than ever before. Aligning with current social movements is a strategic move that’s been used throughout celebrity history.

This panel explores these strategic choices and the role gender plays in them, including the impact (both positive & negative) that celebrity culture has on social movements. Do celebrities have a responsibility to use their power and privilege for "good"? Do we blindly follow influencers and their beliefs? Or do we the consumers make popular culture?

Panelists will examine celebrity activism and how it affects us, questioning our role as a society, as consumers and as enablers of celebrity culture, ultimately asking, "what role this play in shaping our identities?"

Primary Access: Interactive Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Music Badge, Artist Wristband
Format: Panel
Event Type: Sessions
Level: Advanced