There’s a lot of potential for Debating and for Pit-worthy rants inherent in this topic, so let’s all try NOT to go there.
Anyway, I noticed that a lot of celebrities were at the Democratic National Convention, the obvious implication being that, Hey, if P. Diddy supports the Democrats, then maybe P. Diddy’s fans will go out and vote for Democrats. Ditto for Ben Affleck, John Mellencamp, etc.
And let’s not forget Timothy Robbins, Barbara Streisand, Danny Glover, Don Henley, Moby, ad infinitum, who have all used their celebrity status to endorse a left-wing candidate or a political cause.
And of course, over on the right we’ve got, uh…
crickets chirping [sub]OK, so I know there are a few celebrities who promote right-wing causes or candidates. I just can’t think of any right now.[/sub]
So my General Question is this: Is this business of celebrities endorsing political causes a new thing? By “new,” I mean post-Vietnam.
Also, it’s obvious that politics and rock & roll go hand-in-hand, at least since the 60’s (and possibly before; I’m not a student of rock and I’m too young to have first-hand experience of anything pre mid-70’s). But what about this business of TV and movie actors endorsing candidates?
In short, were the DNC & GOP rolling out celebrities at their conventions in the 60’s & earlier? Were musicians trying to influence their listeners to adopt political platforms prior to the 60’s? Were Greta Garbo, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart & the like all endorsing candidates back in their day?