“Like a d-mn sociopath,” rising pop star Olivia Rodrigo appeared Wednesday in the White House Briefing Room to explain why people should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I am beyond honored and humbled to be here today to help spread the message about the importance of youth vaccinations,” Rodrigo said Wednesday. “I’m in awe of the work President Biden and Dr. Fauci have done and was happy to help lend my support to this important initiative.”
"I am beyond honored and humbled to be here today to help spread the message about the importance of youth vaccination," Pop star Olivia Rodrigo says in the White House Briefing Room. pic.twitter.com/pC7kvunvyn
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In this regrettably (and laughably) obvious turn of events, the star proved herself no different than the rest of the Hollywood elite who think hardworking Americans want to hear their political opinions. Rodrigo’s speech was underwhelming and useless, but the message was nowhere near as bad as the person delivering it.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I predicted in The Federalist something like this might happen: “Rodrigo’s honesty only goes one of two ways: she transforms into one of these ’empowerment’ figures when mainstream culture demands it, or she loses fame as she grows older. Let’s hope Rodrigo chooses the latter and keeps her identity.”
Using Rodrigo to push the youth vaccination campaign indicates the White House values the opinion of a girl singing about ex-boyfriends and teenage drama over experts, professionals, or knowledgeable citizens who might add something to the discussion. The press briefing room should not exist as a virtue-signaling platform for pop stars.
Kids may become inspired to do something this serious because a pop singer told them to. But adults should see Rodrigo as what she is: an 18-year-old Disney actress who’s enamored of fame and woefully lacking meaningful substance.
While Rodrigo struts around the White House in her vintage Chanel miniskirt, the rest of us are still waiting on the Biden administration to deliver real answers to real problems. But instead of finding solutions to government-induced inflation, heinous crime rates, racist public school curriculum, foreign threats, and a border crisis, the White House is elevating a teenager to gaslight citizens into receiving an experimental vaccine. All while she and the president of the United States exchange sunglasses in the Oval Office.
The Biden administration has repeatedly fearmongered about COVID-19 “misinformation,” and on Thursday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy urged big tech companies to censor dissenting opinions about COVID-19. Recently, White House Press secretary Jen Psaki claimed the administration’s vaccine campaign would be led by “local doctors, clergy, and civic leaders.”
If the Biden administration is so afraid of COVID-19 “misinformation,” why are they counting on the opinion of a teenage “High School Musical” spinoff star? Rodrigo hasn’t been alive long enough to finish college, let alone deliver a highly sensitive medical and political opinion.
It’s our government Rodrigo is speaking for, and our taxpayer dollars that allow her to be up on that stage. Rodrigo chose to cave to the Hollywood mob, but we don’t have to listen. Any listeners who have heard her sing about being “so sick of 17, where’s my f-cking teenage dream,” may hesitate when the same mouth tells them to inject a vaccine into their bloodstream.