Does anyone really consider voting for a presidential candidate or any other political candidate just because a popular person wants them to win? It would seem that it isn’t possible for someone to check the name in front of a presidential candidate’s name just because someone seen on the movie screen or television screen – or heard on a popular song on the radio – has publically stated that he wants the person to win. But, according to a CBS piece on Wednesday, there are many entertainers who believe their favorable comments about a candidate will help a person win an election.
If there is one phrase that has gone viral during recent years when a public figure endorses a politician, it is: “Shut Up and Sing, Barbara!” Of course, the phrase goes back a decade when the phrase became popular as Barbra Streisand elevating the number of her unwanted political opinions here, there, and everywhere. Also, the country group – the Dixie Chicks – were told to just shut up and sing when they laughably destroyed their career by getting political. What possessed them to think anybody would embrace their political opinions and let them continue on the lucky starship – of which they had been traveling with country music fans – prior to their unwanted public political statements?
A decade later, people still want entertainers to shut the heck up and do what we spend money to see them do. They are invited into our lives to act in movies, act on our television screens, and to sing through our radio and speakers. But when it comes to politics, we want to be left with our own strong opinions on the current issues and topics. But they just don’t get it. They actually think their opinions matter to us.
In 2016, the celebrities are taking their turn to tell us who we should vote for. Ironically, they are probably incredibly busy with their careers which means we have more time to follow current events, politics and politicians than they do. Yet, they think they need to tell us who to vote for. It appears that most of the celebrities – no surprise – are liberal. Therefore, the bulk of the loud-mouthed celebrities telling us who to vote for are endorsing Hillary Clinton. Perhaps they don’t have time or the notion to follow the multiple scandals following Clinton to the White House.
Anyway, we have seen Morgan Freeman do an advertisement for Hillary as though we’re going to fall over one another to get to the ballot box on Election Day to vote for the same person as Miss Daisy’s driver is going to vote for. Yes, beyond the ‘who-gives-a-damn’ embarrassment of an ad, according to CNN, Morgan has unabashedly fawned over her candidacy. He has no problem with the scandalous allegations about her dishonesty? That’s not the Morgan Freeman I thought I knew all these years. Not at all!
Hillary also gets props from Ben Affleck whose personal life in recent times needs more attention from him than he has given the former secretary of state. No surprise, Lena (“Girls”) Dunham has fawned over Hillary. And no surprise, Hillary has taken the bait and chained herself to Dunham’s waist. Then there’s Helen Mirren, Sharon Stone and Howard Stern. Really, is anyone going to vote for Hillary because Howard Stern is in her camp? Then athletes tend to think we care who they prefer for the president’s job. A-Rod and Magic Johnson have both said Hillary’s the one.
Additionally, Uzo Aduba of “Orange is the New Black” is backing the white female candidate on the left, as well, according to the Federalist Papers. Also, Clay Aiken who won on “American Idol” but lost big at the ballot box is all in for Hillary. Kat (“2 Broke Girls”) Dennings is all about Hillary, too. Jesse Tyler Ferguson – who? – on “Modern Family” has done a shout-out for Clinton. “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera just won’t go away. She was all about Hillary some eight years ago and has reemerged from the shadows to try to make us care about who she wants in the White House again. News flash, America! We didn’t care then and we don’t care now.
Singer Ariana Grande – before she licked to-be-sold donuts and declared she hates America! – somehow found Hillary to be as palatable as the donuts. Jennifer Lopez – really? – thinks we needed to know she’s all about Hillary for some reason as she took time to fawn over the candidate when Hillary announced her candidate. The reason for J-Lo’s fawning? It’s time for a woman. Really, that was her one publicly stated reason. Amy Poehler (former SNL star) thinks we care that she’s for Hillary. And, about as welcome as an endorsement from A-Rod, RuPaul is all about the former First Lady, too.
And as Carole King sees a resurgence in her career due to the Broadway hit “Beautiful,” she somehow thought that backing Hillary – or any other candidate – would be a welcomed move. Not, Carole! Carole hasn’t stated reasons for thinking Hillary should be the next leader of the free world, but we can only imagine that “it’s not too late” for a woman to have the job? Not smart or beautiful, Carole!
Other celebrity libs – sounds redundant, doesn’t it – are feeling the bern. Sen. Bernie Sanders has managed to be endorsed by Eliza Dushku of “Watertown.” Additionally, he has scraped up an admirable athletic endorsement by the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Though finding celebrities who are endorsing a Republican may be much more difficult to find, there are a few. As could be expected, Ted Nugent backs a non-liberal candidate. His choice to date has been Donald Trump. Trump, like it or not, has controversial boxer-celebrity Mike Tyson in his corner.
Many of the celebrities on the right who have endorsed candidates have already seen their candidates dismantle their campaigns for president. Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” couldn’t fawn over Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal enough before Jindal pulled the plug. Chuck Norris – remember him? – was in for Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee – remember him? Charles Barkley, of NBA fame – was quoted as saying he liked Jeb! Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Actor Scott Baio got booed far and wide for an early praise of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker before Walker faced his unhappy days on the campaign trail.
While it is true that each and every one of these people have a right to their opinion, the public has the right to theirs as well. As much as I like and admire Morgan Freeman, I know I will never spend another cent on a movie that he is in. When he’s shown on television, maybe he has a viewer here. But supporting his career financially isn’t going to happen. Ever since Barbra Streisand got political, I haven’t spent a cent on her recordings. Listening on the radio is another story. But spending money on her isn’t going to happen. If they must spout off about their politics, they must realize that they are going to lose some fans and supporters who have been with them throughout their careers – lots of them. The reason is simple – because they’ve revealed themselves to be someone we never imagined they were and hoped they’d never be.