Celebrities vote green
With less than a month before Election Day, the candidates aren’t the only ones in the throes of campaigning. Declare Yourself, an organization designed to get people to the polls, has hit all forms of media (from print to viral videos), with all forms of celebs campaigning for the cause. In an effort to speak out, Jessica Alba is wrapped in duct tape to illustrate the tagline, “Only you can silence yourself,” and Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere puts aside her “Save the Whales” work to join the effort in a mock shopping network spot to hawk the latest in muzzles.
The gallery of videos on the website feature stars ranging from greenie Leonardo DiCaprio to Sarah Silverman with her message “Get your Nana to vote for Obama.” Besides the entertainment value, there’s lots of info available including blurbs on where the candidates stand on issues and details on voting early in the 31 states that allow it. Might not be a bad idea to avoid unprecedented lines and any hiccups.
The parade of stars on PSAs that encourage voting include: Friends’ Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, spouses Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, Halle Berry, Ellen DeGeneres, Jaime Foxx, Dustin Hoffman, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Linney, Eva Longoria, Tobey Maguire, Demi Moore, Natalie Portman, Seth Rogan, Usher, and Forest Whitaker.
On Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday, Alec Baldwin, Gary Shandling, and Christiane Amanpour weighed in on the controversial financial bailout plan. Shandling and Baldwin were unreservedly vocal about backing Sen. Barack Obama, discussing the pork added to the $700 billion bill, which includes a $17 billion tax credit package of extensions for investments in solar energy, wind, and hydropower, residential geothermal heat pumps, as well as incentives for bicycle commuting and plug-in vehicles. Despite the economic debacle, is there a green-lining for green jobs within this “rescue” package?
Last Sunday, Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia De Rossi hosted a Proposition 2 party in anticipation of November’s ballot. The Californian Prevention of Farm Cruelty Act aims to help end animal cruelty, support family farmers, and protect natural resources. Appearances at the event included Heather Graham, James “Babe” Cromwell, Wendie Malick, Esai Morales, Arianna Huffington, and Corey Feldman.
Vegetarian Feldman also showed up at the opening of the “Horror Nights” Halloween spectacle at Universal Studio’s theme park saying, “What’s really scary is the economy, politics and the environment.”
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