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Should Well-Meaning Celebs Like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore Think Twice Before Diving Into Complex Social Issues?

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's recent campaign against sex slavery is well-intentioned, but convoluted. Should half-serious celebrities just keep away from causes altogether?

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These men certainly aren’t the only celebs doing it right –– predecessors like the amazing Jane Fonda carved the path for modern-day activist Hollywood 50 years ago. But they do serve as good examples of a way for famous people to be effective at really combating the issues they purport to care about. At the very least, they don’t come off as glib.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd is an associate editor at AlterNet and a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. Formerly the executive editor of The FADER, her work has appeared in VIBE, SPIN, New York Times and various other magazines and websites.