This refers to the article ‘Celebrity Politicians’. I completely agree with the writer. Ever since some film actresses announced that they’d contest the elections in Sri Lanka, a storm of criticism has taken over the local media. They are ridiculed, their intentions are doubted and they are accused of using their celebrity to win votes. It is wrong to target female artistes who wish to contest elections on the basis of their profession because in the past a number of male actors have also contested elections and served as members of parliament. They were hardly criticized because of their celebrity status. So we should refrain from criticizing or ridiculing female artistes.
If and when they are elected, it is only then can we question their capability or ability to deal with their new responsibilities – not before that. They should first be given a chance to prove themselves before they are made fun of.