I hardly even know where to begin this week. The financial crisis is just plain crazy — but expected. Phish has come back which is just plain crazy — but expected. Last week, I went on a mini-rant on artists coming out to show their support for a particular presidential candidate and I’d like to stick with that theme this week. It all started from a quote I found on my daily tear away calendar aptly titled “Stupid Things People Say”:
“I’m not very politically involved. And I don’t like to talk about it. I mean, if you say you’re a Democrat, that’ll turn off Republicans and that’s half your fan base.”
The quote comes from Lindsey Lohan, which I still have hanging on my office wall next to my George W. Bush quote of “The great thing about America is everybody should vote.” You know what though? She’s actually correct in my opinion. Granted, she has since decided to turn into a lesbian so I can only assume that’s turned off half of her fan base anyway.
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But it’s a pretty good assumption that you lose a connection with your fans if you decide to publicly support a candidate if it’s someone that the fans don’t particularly care for. John Rich, a full-fledged McCain supporter (note: he actually sang “Walk the Line” for Fred Thompson first), was recently asked about alienating his fan base, to which he stated:
“I’d rather take a risk than keep my mouth shut and see someone else become president.”
John Rich’s website is all about Raisin’ McCain. Barbara Streisand recently held a fundraiser to support Obama. Though, she’s been supporting the Democratic candidates since McGovern so her fans should be used to her political views by now.
The funny thing is, on the day of Obama’s Hollywood party McCain was hanging out with us ‘common people’ and mockingly said:
“Let me tell you, friends, there’s no place I’d rather be than here with the hard-working men and women of Ohio.”
So Obama and McCain. I’m officially calling you out as sellouts. BOTH of you. I know they both would say they need the money to finance the campaign to reach their core audiences, but come on — seriously? And Hollywood, I wish you would just stick to something like this:
Encourage people to vote, encourage people to participate, encourage people to care. But please, don’t encourage us to vote for a particular person.
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