If you feel like Hollywood hasn’t been urging you to vote as passionately as they did during the 2008 and 2012 elections, you’re not alone. Fact is, voter apathy is at an all-time high, with many celebs like Diddy, Nick Cannon and Bow Wow publicly stating that they are not voting at all this November because they have either lost trust in the system or they do not believe Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump are worthy candidates.
HipHollywood caught up with a host of celebs, from Alicia Keys to Garcelle Beauvais to Pooch Hall, to get their thoughts on this controversial election, and why they believe it’s important to still urge people to vote.
“The vote or die, or rock the vote movement, it’s not as strong as when Obama was running,” said Stephen Bishop, who admitted that part of the problem is a lot of celebrities were huge Bernie Sanders supporters and still haven’t gotten over him losing the Democratic nomination. “But [voting] is every bit as important, or even more important this time because the alternative is frightening.”
“With Hillary being a polarizing figure in this election a lot of people are like well I’m just going to stay silent, and that’s not going to help us at all in this election if a whole group of people stay silent, ” said Trica Helfer from Fox’s Lucifer.
Garcelle Beauvais, who is a surrogate for Hillary Clinton, said she believes Hollywood has to speak out and encourage people to vote, no matter who they choose. “Everyone has to do their part and get the word out … It doesn’t matter who you vote for, you just have to exercise that right, because it’s a right that you’ve been given and that’s important.”
“You also have to educate yourself about some of the issues that they are talking about,” added Pooch Hall. “Some of them are so in your face there’s no denying it, so we definitely have to educate ourselves so we know what’s being talked about.”
Alicia Keys, who too is a Hillary supporter, told us she believes so strongly about this election that she’s even making sure her staff is registered to vote. “My staff, I told them, ‘If you’re not registered to vote, you don’t work for me anymore.’ Like, it’s that serious,” said Keys.
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