Celebrities Campaign in States to Which They Have Almost No Connection
Rihanna, Will Ferrell, Oprah and other leftist stars are promoting politicians who will never, ever affect their lives
If this year’s midterm elections are any indication, celebrities seem to enjoy promoting some of the far-Left politicians of the Democratic Party.
While they may be taking time out of their lives to push a political agenda with which they agree, it’s become more evident this election cycle that many of these celebrities are pushing candidates that will have no real impact on their lives.
This is not because they have plenty of money and a higher tax bracket would not impact them — but because they’re campaigning for politicians in states with which they have little or no connection.
They didn’t grow up there, they didn’t go to school there, they do not live there — and yet, these leftist celebs want to determine how the people in those municipalities live.
The most obvious examples of this comes in the form of the governors’ races — both in Georgia and Florida.
Progressives Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum are in tight races in their respective states; and both received outside help from celebs who would not have to live under their policies.
Last week, Abrams received a boost from both Will Ferrell (pictured above center) and Oprah Winfrey. Both stars campaigned for her though neither one of them lives in Georgia or is from the state at all.
Winfrey is from Mississippi; and while she did own a home in Atlanta, Georgia, for a time, it was one of eight homes that she had at the time (it was never her main residence, either). She sold it in 2008.
Ferrell, meanwhile, is a lifelong California resident with residences in his home state and New York. If Abrams were to raise taxes on the middle class or go for the gun confiscation she has talked about in the past, neither Ferrell nor Winfrey’s lives would change a hair.
The same could be said for the musician Rihanna (above left), who is currently voicing her support for Gillum. (A native of Barbados, the singer now has mansions in the Hollywood Hills and in her home country.)
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FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election. The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first! If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida. Vote @andrewgillum. And VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th!
While Gillum and Rihanna are interested in repealing the state’s Stand Your Ground gun law, it is clear the singer would never find herself in a situation in which she’d need such protection.
High-profile celebs are almost always protected by armed guards and security teams when they are out in public; and apparently, Rihanna does not think Floridians should be able to protect themselves.
While these celebs and countless others may feel as if they’re doing the right thing in pushing their political agenda onto people with whom they have zero connection, they would not have to live with the consequences of the decisions from these politicians.
With that in mind, it is hard to take their ideas seriously — especially since they are not exactly policy wonks.
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Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.