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Celebrities Lead Way in American Politics

By Mikayla Owens, Staff

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On Nov. 6, American voters will be taking it to the polls to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.

In light of recent cases, such as the Kavanaugh hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Democrats have fired up their younger voters to take it upon themselves to be registered and ready to vote. The same goes for Republicans.

While it is in no doubt that American politics has taken on a more hostile and “he said, she said” approach in the last couple of years, celebrities have braced the scene as the new voice for younger generations.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, pop singer Taylor Swift posted to her Instagram declaring her political point of view for the first time.

“So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first, you need to register, which is quick and easy to do,” says Swift via her Instagram.

In her post, Swift endorses democratic candidates Jim Cooper and Phil Bredesen and explains why she has chosen these candidates.

While celebrities use their social media platforms for what they consider to be the greater good, the overall effectiveness of this approach is questioned.

“In my experience, it hasn’t ever changed my political views. This hasn’t happened to me, though, because the people I am usually fans of have the same political views to me,” Molly Jefferson, freshman, said.

While the goal of celebrities may not be to change the opinions of their followers, it is certain that they do not shy away from this approach. By hinting at Americans to become registered and vote, accompanied by their political views, the idea that they want you to go out and vote for the same candidate, or same party, is implied.

“I think celebrities should voice their political beliefs if they believe they have good reasons to do so,” Alaine Provan, sophomore, said.

Nowadays, the most vocal of celebrities are in support of Democratic candidates. Many shows often endorse a Democratic candidate over the Republican one. Saturday Night Live, the nighttime sketch-comedy show on NBC, is notorious for their tendencies to lean toward the left.

During the premiere of their 44thseason, Kanye West off air declared his support for President Donald Trump. While some praise him for doing so and inspiring others to go out and vote, many are criticizing both SNL and West for the manner in which he did so.

“I also found it a bit odd that he [Kanye West] did that. SNL is a liberal leaning show and to have a guy wearing a MAGA hat on the show seemed a bit odd,” Jefferson said.

While celebrities voice their political views in different ways and with different tones and enthusiasm, the lasting effect of it is clear.

They are inspiring people to take it to the polls either out of agreement or frustration.

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