(published on November 13, 2016)
I wrote a previous blog post about how annoying it is when celebrities spout off publicly about their political views, and it’s almost always Democratic or Left Wing celebrities who do this.
Since it was announced several days ago that Donald Trump – not Hillary Clinton – is the winner of the 2016 Presidential race, celebrities – most of whom are liberal and/or Democrat – have been going crazy on their social media accounts, on television shows, or in other public venues. It’s so annoying.
I’ve been right wing my entire life and always felt slightly disappointed any time a Democrat won the office of the President, but I got over it quickly. I did not go out in protests on city streets, or pout or cry or throw a temper tantrum.
I did not like either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. I thought both were horrible candidates. I did not vote. Even though I am less than thrilled with Trump, I am not in a tizzy about his win. I am not freaking out, depressed, or hostile. It is mystifying to me why so many people (mostly liberals) are protesting or crying about the man winning.
And it’s not just the non-famous Average Joes who are having a hissy fit over The Donald’s win, oh no. It’s the famous, too. The rock singers. The movie actors. The late night comedy show talking heads.
Here are articles about celebrities who insist on inflicting their obnoxious political views on the rest of us, or who are having public melt downs about it – I don’t even hate all these celebrities; I happen to like some of Lady Gaga’s music, but I wish these celebrities would stop playing political advocates:
Celebrities, many of whom supported Hillary Clinton, are freaking out over Donald Trump’s presidential win. Some are crying, some have admitted they’re out of touch with the American electorate, while others are calling for action.
….2. Miley Cyrus
The actress and singer tweeted a video of herself sobbing after Trump’s victory was announced.
The day after the election, Chelsea Handler invited Sen. Barbara Boxer on her show to cry about Hillary Clinton’s loss.
Nov 9, 2016
by Ethan Pepper
Dear Hollywood Losers,
To those of you who threatened to leave America in light of a Donald Trump victory, it’s time to pay the piper. Trump won and now you need to put your money where your mouth is. That’s right, pack your shit and don’t let the door hit you on your way out. In the iconic words of Craig Jones (Ice Cube)… bye, Felicia!
Full disclosure, I’m having a difficult time writing this article. Not because I’m sad to see these butt hurt celebs leave. In fact, I couldn’t be happier. I’m struggling because I can not contain my laughter.
…IN LIGHT OF TRUMP’S HISTORIC VICTORY, HERE’S THE LIST OF HOLLYWOOD CRYBABIES WHO THREATENED TO LEAVE AMERICA IF TRUMP WON.
- Amy Schumer
- Rosie O’Donnell
- Eddie Griffin
- Samuel L. Jackson
- John Stewart
- Lena Dunham
- Barbara Streisand
- Omari Hardwick
- Whoopie Goldburg
- Al Sharpton
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Miley Cyrus
- George Lopez
- Chelsea Handler
- Jenny Slate
- Neve Campbell
- Zosia Mamet
- Chloe Sevigny
- Natasha Lyonne
- Elisabeth Moss
- Spike Lee
- Kathryn Hahn
- Lily Depp
- Gabrielle Union
- Matt Damon
- Ruth Badger Ginsburg
- Bryan Cranston
- Keegan Michael-Key
If these losers really want to leave America because they didn’t get their way, I say good riddance.
Nov 10, 2016
Some Hollywood celebs are urging their fellow stars to deny all interviews or photo requests from People magazine after its latest edition features one of its trademark bright-shiny-light cover stories with our country’s President Elect, Donald Trump. The cover has outraged some entertainment industry members because a formerPeople magazine reporter has accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in 2005;People magazine recently published her account of that claim.
Nov 10, 2016
‘F*** @People magazine. How disgusting. Selling their soul. Soon the happy Donald cover,’ said Judd Apatow
Writer and actress Zoe Kazan called for a boycott and said: ‘Celebs: do not give them your interviews or sell them your pictures’
Chrissy Teigen and Jon Cryer have also voiced how upset they are about the magazine’s coverage of the Trumps
Miley Cyrus, Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer now have a different message after vowing to leave the country if Republican Donald Trump won the presidency: Never mind.
Popular Culture’s Failed Presidential Campaign by Spencer Kornhaber
Political science suggests the celebrities who supported Hillary Clinton appealed to her base but also emphasized wider divides.
The election of Donald Trump signifies a lot of things—is one of them a rebuke to popular culture’s political influence? Hillary Clinton lined up A-list entertainers for fundraising, endorsements, and performances, from Katy Perry to Lena Dunham to Bruce Springsteen to Beyoncé and Jay Z. Donald Trump, a TV star himself, boasted fewer well-known entertainers in his camp, and in the campaign’s final days made fun of Clinton for relying on celebrities.
David J. Jackson, a political science professor at Bowling Green State University, studies the influence of celebrities on elections. In a 2015 survey of 804 likely general-election voters in Ohio, he asked people whether particular celebrity endorsements would make people more or less likely to support a candidate. In almost all the cases, the net effect of any particular endorsement on a sample of the general electorate was negative—voters were less likely to support the endorsed candidate. But the effect often switched to positive when you just focused on demographics already favorable to any given celebrity.
I spoke with him on Thursday for a post-mortem on celebrity’s role in the election. This conversation has been edited.
…Kornhaber: What’s the impact on a celebrity when they speak up for a politician?
Jackson: It has an effect. We’re a 50/50 country when it comes to presidential candidates. You pick one and you’ve inherently offended the other 50 percent. I think this time, with Donald Trump’s controversial comments throughout the campaign, the same sort of self-preservation concerns that drove guys like Paul Ryan to vote for the nominee of his party but not endorse him, motivated celebrities too.
…Kornhaber: But some celebrities are seen as establishment and some aren’t.
Jackson: The guys who voted for Trump aren’t going to listen to Bruce Springsteen. What I mean is, they might listen to Bruce Springsteen’s music but if you tell them who to vote for, it’s just another rich guy.
I mean, Chris Christie has seen him a hundred times in concert. He doesn’t agree with him, obviously, but he probably tears up when he hears “Born to Run.” So somebody is simultaneously able to receive a celebrity’s creation positively and still not be influenced by their political positions.
Nov 13, 2016
But her response was not echoed by the thousands of fans on her social media and scores of celebrities who have turned against her following her statement.
Actor Patton Oswalt, an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter and Trump opponent, tweeted: ‘Oprah what the f***? This is not one of my favorite things.’
Heather Matarazzo wrote: ‘Oprah, you can take a deep breath and hold it while the rest of us literally fight for our lives right now. #smh.’
Grace & Frankie’s June Diane Raphael also urged Oprah not to ‘normalize this man’.
‘Minority children are already being targeted,’ she tweeted.
Scott Weinberg added: ‘I used to have great respect for Oprah. (past tense)’ While comedian John Early added: ‘DON’T YOU DARE OPRAH.’
Oprah said before the election that she was voting for Clinton.
Pop star Lady Gaga tweeted a petition Thursday calling on Electoral College voters in each state to cast their individual vote for Hillary Clinton.
The petition, posted to chang.org, says, “On December 19, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win.”
“We are calling on the Electors to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton,” the petition said, calling President-Elect Trump “unfit to serve.”
As of Thursday evening, the petition had reached more than 1.8 million signatures.
Nov 13, 2016
Robert de Niro is “depressed” that Donald Trump won the presidential election and gave his blessing to the thousands of people protesting the real estate tycoon in cities across the U.S.
The 73-year-old actor, who had been an outspoken critic of Trump during the campaign, talked about the election on the red carpet at the world premiere of his new film “The Comedian” in Los Angeles.
An Open Letter to Celebrities Threatening to Leave the Nation by Anson Mount, Nov 13, 2016
My Dear Fellow Celebrities,
It is now time to leave. I am, of course, referring only to those of you who promised to do so after the election of Donald Trump. And, no, I’m not joking. For the record, I didn’t vote for either candidate. I voted on the basis of moral fiber and was therefore left with no other choice but to write in my dear mother Nancy. Therefore, I have no right to complain and so I am not. I am, however, asking for you to follow through on your word. Because, here’s the thing…
That “high road” that you rode so elegantly with the Clinton campaign has been rather hastily dismissed. We now see our youth marching in the streets, not to protest policy or to demonstrate against a specified corruption, but because the results of a legal and transparent election process are suddenly unacceptable for them. People are being attacked. Arrests are being made. Fires are being lit. Hat-imal vendors are being raided. It’s chaos.
Make no mistake: this is an intimate relation to the entitled sorrow you express when publicly weeping and gnashing your teeth over whether you’ll buy that villa in Spain or that condo in Vancouver.
Let me be, perhaps, the first to explain to you that publicly threatening to use your wealth to deliver the harsh punishment of your absence is an insult to men and women who struggle paycheck-to-paycheck as well as a declaration of your conditional relationship with this nation.
Personally, I’d rather not share a fox hole with you.
But, more importantly, you chose to place your integrity, and ours, on the line. A lack of follow-through undermines the potential political and social strength of our entire industry and sets a terrible example for future entertainers and progressives.
….If you are a card-carrying Democrat, the time has come to realize that the soul-searching prescribed by the media to the GOP must now be applied to your own party. You were not defeated by racism and sexism.
Those are easy, sloppy malaprops which do nothing but obfuscate the fact that we have just witnessed a resurrection of the silent majority.
It rose in demographics that were sharply divergent from what you believed was possible and took aim at a dual-party establishment which had grown complacent in its belief that it was firmly rooted.
Refer to the Pew Research Center’s post-mortem and you will see that quite a large number of people who voted twice for Obama did indeed vote for Donald J. Trump who also garnered roughly the same share of female voters as Mitt Romney did in 2012. To suggest that Trump was elected solely by unseen hordes of angry, rural white men is tantamount to suggesting that our electoral process is rigged.