The Ethics of Speaking Out


Communication and Journalism

Date of this version


Document Type

Book Chapter


media ethics, celebrity culture, free expression


This chapter explores the ethical issues associated with celebrities speaking out on social and political issues. It begins with three recent case studies, moves to a discussion of whether speaking out can be considered either universally justifiable or universally unjustifiable, and then presents a four-part test for determining the ethical justifiability of speaking out.

Published in

Ethics and Entertainment: Essays on Media Culture and Media Morality

Citation/Other Information

Wyatt, W. and K. Bunton. (2010). The ethics of speaking out. In H. Good and S. Borden (Eds.), The Ethics of Entertainment. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. 9-22.

WorldCat Assession Number: OCLC: 432995245