In what is being labeled a “nonpartisan” effort, hordes of Hollywood’s most notable leftist celebrities will be taking a couple of hours out of their lives Monday night to encourage Americans to vote.
More than 50 Hollywood lefties are set to join “The Telethon for America,” which will be livestreamed on YouTube, Facebook Live and Comedy Central Online from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST on Monday night.
Instead of asking for dollars, they will be asking Americans to pledge their votes. The list of participants is long, but it includes familiar faces such as Chelsea Handler, Jane Fonda (pictured above left), Tom Arnold (above center), Amy Schumer (above right), Alyssa Milano, Debra Messing, and Judd Apatow.
The event is being done in coordination with Michelle Obama’s “nonpartisan” “When We all Vote” campaign — and is trying to brand itself neutral in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
“Young Americans are more motivated than ever before and the ‘Telethon for America’ is working to build on that momentum to make sure an even higher percentage of young people get out and vote,” said comedian Ben Gleib, the executive producer of the event, in a public statement.
The event, set to take place at YouTube’s Playa Vista creative studio space in Los Angeles will not only feature live comedy from its participants, musical performances and pre-taped segments, but also a celebrity phone bank, where select fans who registered already will be called by a celebrity to say they’re voting tomorrow.
Given the participants of the event, it is hard to imagine that this stunt is in any way “nonpartisan.” After all, many of the celebrities taking part have frequently attempted to undermine President Donald Trump and his administration.
To give one an idea of the left-wing presence that will be there, Jane Fonda compared the president to Hitler last week, Amy Schumer was arrested for protesting against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last month, Tom Arnold threatened to show up to Barron Trump’s school back in June, Judd Apatow called President Trump a “Nazi” and said “the debate is over” back in June, and Debra Messing blamed Russian meddling for a win by U.S. Rep Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) in a special election in his state’s 12th congressional district over the summer.
That is only a few of the celebs who will be there and one example each from that handful.
It’s also worth noting that from the list of participants, there are no open conservatives among them — despite the event’s claim that it has no political agenda.
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.