Some of the world’s most famous celebrities #stoodwithher, and it did a whole lot of nothing for Hillary Clinton.
Madonna, Beyonce, Jay Z, Sigourney Weaver, Katy Perry, Meryl Streep and Lady Gaga — among many others — all threw their support behind Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Those endorsements were supposed to rally their millions of fans to get to the voting booth and elect the first female president of the United States.
Or maybe celebrity star power does not translate well in politics, because getting fans to spend money on a concert or movie is very different from getting those same people to vote.
Clinton’s failed presidential bid highlights just how ineffective celebrities have become when they wade into politics. There was a time when famous Hollywood types (think Bob Dylan in the ’60s) had an impact. “Blowin’ in the Wind” became an anthem in the civil rights movement. Dylan used his skills as a singer and songwriter to craft music that focused on the troubles of the time.
Now, singers are rarely also songwriters, so the best they can do to support a candidate or ideal is sing about Red Lobster
Hillary Clinton arrives with singer Katy Perry during a campaign rally with her husband, former President Bill Clinton October 24, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Morgan Some of the world’s most famous celebrities #stoodwithher, and it did a whole lot of nothing for Hillary Clinton.
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