“This is all personal now.”
Not everyone in the entertainment industry is a progressive, but anyone who is even slightly conservative must remain silent for employment purposes. As a result, we only hear from the loudest leftists and they are convinced they’re saving the country.
Katherine Schaffstall of the Hollywood Reporter frames this story in a way that makes it sound like these celebrities are performing a public service.
How Hollywood Is Helping People Vote in the Midterm Elections
With the 2018 midterm elections just around the corner, a number of Hollywood stars are using their platforms to encourage people to vote.
Taylor Swift broke her long political silence in early October, endorsing two Democratic candidates in Tennessee, in an Instagram post that encouraged fans to register and vote, which subsequently sparked a surge in sign-ups.
Beyond simply taking to social media, a number of politically engaged stars like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Billy Eichner, Yara Shahidi, Tom Hanks and Lin-Manuel Miranda have participated in various initiatives designed to increase turnout at the polls, sharing resources and information — and urging people to register and vote — so that people can make their voices heard on Nov. 6.
Hanks and Miranda even joined forces with former first lady Michelle Obama.
Many of these folks have lots of expendable income and they’re funneling tons of it to Democrats. Judy Kurtz reports at The Hill:
Hollywood donors flood Dems with midterm cash
Hollywood Democrats are pouring money into the midterm elections, infusing races with cash in a last-ditch push to flip control of Congress.
Some of the country’s most famous faces — including Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Alec Baldwin and Paul Rudd — have been splashing their signatures on big-money checks for House and Senate candidates in recent months.
Streep and actor Jack Black each donated $10,000 in September to a joint fundraising committee that benefits Sen. Claire McCaskill’s reelection bid, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) data collected and analyzed by ITK. The Missouri Democrat is locked in a nail-biter with the state’s attorney general, Josh Hawley (R).
Like the media, political activist celebrities have never gotten over the 2016 election. Not being able to influence the public drives them absolutely crazy. This report at Variety by Ted Johnson is very telling:
Hollywood Democrats Double Down Ahead of Midterms: ‘This Is Personal Now’
With just three weeks to go until the mid-term elections, Hollywood Democrats claim they are not taking anything for granted — a different outlook than they had in 2016.
Complacency and confidence are being replaced by energy, enthusiasm and anger, as industry heavyweights forge get-out-the-vote videos, knock on doors and in some cases perform at candidate fundraisers. They’re also shelling out what looks to be record amounts of money to ensure a Democratic victory.
Moreover, activists believe the recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court creates an even greater sense of urgency on the left, particularly among younger voters, even if the polarizing battle also has united the right.
“This is all a perfect storm,” says actress and activist Alyssa Milano. “Everything from electing Trump to #MeToo to this Kavanaugh hearing and Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford coming forward. This is all personal now. And when we are seeing our rights stripped away, we’re scared.
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