One of the things that really got my goat during the recent Presidential election campaign was the statement, repeated over and over again that those voting for Donald Trump were mostly those without a college education.
Pundits and talking heads clucked their tongues, implying the “educated” were voting for Clinton (or at least Bernie Sanders), while all the riff-raff would be supporting Trump. Pompous, sanctimonious and elitist. Their fawning snobbery made me sick.
One of the groups most outspoken this election were the celebrities. Every time I turned on the television it seemed, there was a celebrity pontificating why Trump was a horrible choice.
Since these folks are some of our most elite, surely they must be our best educated, right? I decided to check some credentials. Here’s a list of celebrities who do not possess a college diploma:
No college degree:
Ben Affleck – college dropout (University of Vermont)
Jack Black – college dropout
Cher – dropped out of school at age 16
Louis C.K — no college
George Clooney – college dropout (University of Cincinnati)
Miley Cyrus – Charter schools, private tutors, acting school. No college.
Johnny Depp – high school dropout
Leonardo DiCaprio – high school dropout – GED
Robert Di Niro – high school drop out (age 16)
Barry Diller – college dropout (UCLA)
Richard Gere – college dropout (Amherst)
Whoopi Goldberg – high school dropout
Chelsea Handler – no college
Angelina Jolie – no college
Jimmy Kimmel – college dropout (Arizona State)
Jennifer Lawrence – no college
Rob Lowe – Santa Monica High School – no college
Madonna – dropped out of college (University of Michigan)
Michael Moore – college dropout (University of Michigan)
Rosie O’Donnell – college dropout (Boston University)
Sean Penn – Santa Monica High School – no college
Brad Pitt – college dropout (University of Missouri)
Mark Ruffalo – no college
Barbra Streisand – no college
Al Sharpton – college dropout (Brooklyn College)
Sarah Silverman – college dropout (NYU)
Ben Stiller – college dropout (USC)
Actually, they are in the majority. Only about 32-34 percent of Americans hold a bachelor degree or higher. And that’s fine. Many people can be perfectly successful without a degree, and many are, these included.
Until this election, education never seemed to matter, and indeed it shouldn’t. Snobbery is never becoming. The next time the pundits talk about the “non-college educated”, they should perhaps look among their elitist icons.