The Celebrity (Activist) Industrial Complex

Mar 13, 2017 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm CT
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The Celebrity (Activist) Industrial Complex


Glen Weldon


Beyonce, Emma Watson, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Amy Schumer and Kim K. It seems like celebrities are eager to use their platform for activism but how can you tell who's riding a trend and who's participating in change?

Aligning with social movements has been a strategic move throughout celebrity history. However, in the post-Women's March Trump era, this moment feels like a unique time to ask: Do celebrities need social movements or do social movements need celebrities? Do celebrities have a responsibility to use their power and privilege for "good"? Panelists will weigh in, ultimately asking, "what role does celebrity culture play in shaping our identities?"

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