This specific critique -- "celebrities and athletes are such spoiled rich 'elites' that any opinion they have is automatically nullified" -- is so thunderously, nakedly stupid that we need to preemptively delete it from these conversations before the stupid people making these stupid arguments can proceed to their subsequent also-stupid-but-for-different-reasons arguments.
First off, Americans -- and conservatives like Gingrich and Walsh in particular -- clearly don't believe that "rich elites" are incapable of exercising judgment. Jimmy Kimmel's salary is estimated to be in the 12-15 million dollar range. Colin Kaepernick has made $43 million in his six-year career. They're definitely financially "elite," there's no question. But Rex Tillerson, our secretary of State, was an ExxonMobil CEO who received a $180 million severance package. Betsy DeVos, our Education secretary, has a father-in-law worth $5.4 billion, and who is the 88th-richest person in the entire country. These people are orders of magnitude more "elite" than professional athletes and talk show hosts, and we've appointed them to positions of far greater influence. Should we all pile on these two anytime they open their mouths to offer any opinion other than "I am so gracious for being wealthy"?
Here's the real reason this argument is unlockable-level stupid. Of COURSE there are out-of-touch celebrities whose wealth has insulated them from everyday life. We just wrote about five of them here. Celebrities like Robert De Niro and Jim Carrey have championed the "vaccines cause autism" horseshittery. Kylie Jenner tweeted about the dangers of chemtrails. Gwyneth Paltrow has built an entire brand around giving working moms advice and peddling expensive and un-self-consciously vague "wellness" products. That's out-of-touch millionaire bullshit.