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Who Is Your Favorite Celebrity Campaigner?

The 2008 presidential campaign inspired a year of political expression and celebrities were no exception. remixed Barack Obama's landmark speech and spoke out at the DNC, Diddy said Sarah Palin "scares him" and Matt Damon called her VP nom a "bad Disney movie." Scarlett Johansson upped the Obama love by saying she was engaged to him. Meanwhile celebs like Heidi and Spencer, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, and Halle Berry showed support through quieter efforts and political t-shirts. On the small screen, Oprah kept her endorsement off air until after the election, but celebrated with a special tear-filled show and The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck campaigned for McCain and Palin, calling the pricey wardrobe scandal "sexist."


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karenpanna karenpanna 8 years
What I loved about the interview with Matt Damon was that he didn't sound like "high profile celebrity" Matt Damon in the interview. He sounded like you every day, average voter, as he expressed his genuine concerns. His discussion wasn't elaborately scripted, and I really liked it.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
None really. I think they are entitled to their opinions, but its not something I would take time to think about.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Mich the Hasselbeck thing was a big deal because she brought back the whole wardrobe controversy after it was dead.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Oprah is a way bigger deal than Elizabeth Hasselbeck. I don't think I even heard about her campaigning for Palin, and if I did hear it, I forgot it right away.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
hayden p. did say who she was voting for and also did a funny or die ad about who stupid you would be for voting for McCain.
nguidjol nguidjol 8 years
I agree with you Jillness, i didnt hear anyone complain about the fact that Hasselbeck hit the trail for Palin or that she wore a McCain t-shirt on the view during the campaign. Just imagine if Joy or Whoopi would have done the same?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"I heard a lot of people complaining about Oprah, but not so many complaining when Hasselbeck hit the trail for Palin. So maybe there is something to that "not minding the one who agrees with you" theory." Good point!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Celebrities are entitled to their opinions. It is up to us on whether or not we want to pay attention. They should, however, be aware of backlash. They may do more harm than good. Scarlett, for example, was very enthusiastic about this campaign and her candidate. She talked about him in interviews and supposedly went door to door for him in the primaries. But I do not think her celebrity helped her candidate. In fact, she caused a minor scandal when she said the two exchanged personal emails. No one wanted JFK and Marilyn comparisons, least of all the Obama camp. Also I would like to point on that on these boards I heard a lot of people complaining about Oprah, but not so many complaining when Hasselbeck hit the trail for Palin. So maybe there is something to that "not minding the one who agrees with you" theory. ;) I liked because of his songs, but I may have voted for Norris had he been included just because I find him so darn entertaining. Also Kelsey Grammer and SJP who worked the phones for their respective candidates would have been nice additions to this list. Hayden also ran a youth voting campaign that got a lot of attention. The cool thing about what she did is that she got all the press with out having to come out and say who she supported.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Heh, Jude, I don't think Woody Allen's all that concerned with her facial expressions. :) zeze--The Prestige was worth it for Bale. And Jackman. But mostly Bale.
zeze zeze 8 years
Jude, HF, watch "The Prestige" great movie, but Scarlett's accent is laughable - like the worst British accent ever. I think she is pretty, but she can't act if her life depended on it, "Scoop" was painful to watch - but I managed, there was Hugh Jackman after all.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Matt Damon, cause he's so intelligent and a wonderfully great actor...can you see my :love: for him. He also agrees with me, so that helps too ;). I don't know how you can leave out Chuck Norris considering how big of a deal he was in the campaign. I'll say what I said before I think celebs are people and entitled to campaign for whomever they want. I think that individuals should make their own decisions no matter who is preaching to you, be it Jon Stewart, Heidi and Spencer, CNN, George Bush or Colin Powell.
KibzeeLovee KibzeeLovee 8 years
will.i.ams it's a new day song...LOVE IT!!!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I don't like her face. Or her annoying wooden acting. Come on, Woody Allen! She has ONE FACIAL EXPRESSION!!! Ahem. Rant over.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Scarlett Johannson always gets on my nerves Jude. I think she's way over-rated.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Dunno about that, acyl--Scarlett Johannsen got on my nerves ;) I can't even imagine how McCain supporters must have felt about Heidi Montag's and Spencer Pratt's ringing endorsements of their candidate, though.
acyl acyl 8 years
Matt, because he really put his feet on the ground. Yup, nobody has a problem with the campaigning celebrity they agree with.
bleached bleached 8 years
P Diddy but only because his campaign blog videos were so ridiculous
em1282 em1282 8 years
Big deal--they have opinions, and they can share them or not. If you don't like what they have to say, then just congratulate yourself for not being someone who votes for someone based on a celebrity's opinion. Easy!
XpsX XpsX 8 years
ben and matt! i voted ben tho
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Affleck always surprises me by being intelligent and funny, so I picked him.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 8 years
I agree with lildorthyparker.
patchouli patchouli 8 years
No it is not their fault. It's the American public making it a photo-op and editing out what they really want to hear. In the end, I don't think they sit in their mansions thinking, wow, I should really live a humble/modest life and live in a smaller house that is environmentally 'green', or wear clothes that are made here in USA instead of a sweat shop off of some remote island where they pack the workers in like fish in a tincan, they don't ban against clothing companies that make money off of them, yet in the sweatshops, those people who made that dress can hardly have enough to eat for that day. That is why it's not their fault. The idea that people actually wait around for someone 'famous' to bring attention to the daily news of life outside their cookie cutter white picket fence, such as the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, or the death of innocent Pakistanis at a wedding caused by US military, is pretty pitiful.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I have a mind of my own so this doesn't matter to me but I picked Matt because he really did campaign.
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 8 years
I don't really see the problem with celebrities voicing their opinions. If you disagree or don't want to listen because they're celebrities... than don't. That being said, I think there's a huge difference between Natalie Portman and Heidi/Spencer... not just their political persuasion. Portman is informed and educated, Speidi are, well, Speidi. Stephley, I second your Heidi/Spencer idea.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
" it does not sweep us off our feet and make us feel like, yeah, damn it! Let's help rebuild that country, lets stop buying stuff that comes from sweat shops, lets boycott gasoline companies" Is that their fault or the American publics? The sad fact is most Americans would not look twice at an African refugee if Angelina wasn't posing next to them. That isn't the fault of the celebrity. At least they are trying to put their fame to good use. I would much rather hear a celebrity go on about how lucky we are to be able to vote or which country genocide is happening in, instead of hearing about their love of a certain handbag.
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