The other day, the whole world saw Beyonce shake a leg with former First Lady and 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton. On the same day, her Republican opponent tweeted about how he, Donald Trump, did not need celebrity backers; the entire United States was with him. Yet, with less than 24 hours to go before this billion-dollar question is ultimately answered, one wonders whether, at the end of a long, humourless, bitter and savage campaign, America will truly ever be one nation again.
But let’s focus on one of the cornerstones of American society and collective consciousness: the celebrities belonging to the Hollywood Industry. Pop culture icons often form and shape the patterns and norms of American behavior. This year’s presidential elections have been no different, for, if presidential elections came down to contests between the candidates’ celebrity backers, Mrs. Clinton would win by a landslide.
The former Secretary of State campaigned with Beyonce, Jay Z, and Lebron James over the weekend – among others – and the Democrat will be joined by Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi tonight. A variety of other stars, including Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez have been beside her all year long. Donald Trump, on the other hand, hasn’t fared so well, he being a self-described celebrity. His celebrity roster has included only a handful of A-grade celebs; Clint Eastwood, Mike Tyson, Charlie Sheen and Hulk Hogan (if you consider him a celebrity, that is), among others. In his inimitable manner, Trump fired back, saying ““We can get stars. We don’t need them because we just want to make America great again and we know what to do, right? We don’t need that. That’s almost like a form of cheating, right?”
The former First lady has the who’s who of tinsel town on her side. The true blue megastars likeLeonardo DiCaprio,Robert DeNiro andMadonna have always been on her side and want her to go on and win the US Presidency Polls. Agree to that names like George Clooney, Katy Perry, the entire cast of ‘Empire’, Sigourney Weaver, Kim Kardashian, Meryl Streep and other assorted names, and the reader knows she’s got more star-value working for her.
That being said, the fact that the outgoing President is on her side is affecting a lot of voters. President Obama’s ratings merit him the status of a celebrity, beyond his political image. Many swing states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Ohio, Iowa, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Nevada and Colorado seem to have been swayed by his appeals to the voters to vote for Hillary.
A Bob Dylan or a Harry Belafonte can bring out the best in the American people- that of equality and tolerance. And on rare occasions, a celebrity can also bring out the worst in them. If early voting trends and online polls are any indication, the biggest celebrity supporter for Mr. Trump is his own self, and that just might be his downfall. At least for this year.