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One Thing I Learned from the US Election: Celebrity Opinions Don’t Mean Shit When It Comes to Campaigning

Somewhere around 99.97% of all celebrities who make their political views known lean to the left. Those who hold more conservative values (and whose names aren’t Ted Nugent or Kid Rock) tend to keep their politics to themselves lest they be ostracized by the left-leading majority. (There’s a “secret society” of right-wingers in Hollywood–or so it’s said.)

The Democrats brought out all kind of celebrity firepower to endorse Hillary Clinton. McCartney. Jimmy Buffet. Springsteen, Jay Z. Beyonce. Jon Bon Jovi. Madonna. Katy Perry. Cher. Lady Gaga. And dozens more.

But for all their support, pleading and cajoling by the biggest stars across the fruited plain, it wasn’t enough to sway the electorate in sufficient numbers. All this star power failed Clinton in spectacular fashion.

Now many of them seemed stunned at their lack of influence and/or the reality that not everyone holds the same political opinions. Or even that American didn’t take their obviously enlightened and progressive views to heart.

Moby shared this open letter with Billboard:


 why are you so afraid of evidence?

you smoke cigarettes,naively believing they won’t kill you. you eat garbage, believing it won’t make you sick and obese.
 and now you’ve elected donald trump.

’christians’ and family-values voters have en masse helped elect a twice divorced man who openly brags about infidelity and committing sexual assault. 
30% of latinos have helped elect a man who has routinely maligned latinos and called mexicans ‘rapists’.
 45% of women have helped elect a man who brags about ‘grabbing women by the pussy’ and has called women ‘pigs’ & ‘slobs’.
 business-minded middle america has en masse helped elect a man who has led roughly half of his businesses to bankruptcy and lost
close to a billion dollars in 1995 alone.
 and blue collar middle america has en masse helped elect a trust-fund baby who has, over-time, inherited over $600,000,000.00 from his father.

and in the process you’ve denied the presidency to an experienced and erudite woman whose only shortcoming is being on the receiving end
of a 30 year right-wing smear campaign. 
as a life long progressive i’m supposed to be diplomatic and understanding, but america, what the fuck is wrong with you?
 but then i ask myself, very sadly, why am i surprised?
 this is the same america that eats at burger king and is baffled as to why it ends up obese and cancerous and dying
this is the same america who thinks that granting health care to 20,000,000 people is somehow treasonous.

Read the rest of it here. Next, some tweets from rockers.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “One Thing I Learned from the US Election: Celebrity Opinions Don’t Mean Shit When It Comes to Campaigning

  • Alan,

    Most celebs are on the left socially but on the right financially.


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