Kurt Russell has given his damning opinion on celebrities getting involved with politics in the aftermath of this year's explosive presidential election.
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It's no secret that, in the last couple of years, presidential elections have been slowly turning into popularity contests.When they aren't turning into politicians themselves - Trump, we're looking at you - celebrities and famous public figures have started to stick their fingers into the messy pies of politics.
Celebrities "endorsing" a certain political party is fast becoming the favorite way to boost vote numbers for candidates...And, this year, more celebrities than ever before made their opinions heard on who should next run the country.
Presidential-elect, Joe Biden, received endorsements from a number of different celebrities.For example...
Lady Gaga.The "Born This Way" singer released a pro-voting PSA in which she donned a number of her most iconic costumes, telling viewers: “Let’s be real, you know who I voted for." She then appeared on the campaign trail for Biden and Harris, causing the Trump campaign to brand her an “anti-fracking activist".
Dwayne Johnson.Having previously identified as a “political independent and centrist", the former WWE star said that, despite voting both Democrat and Republican in the past, he would be giving his first-ever political endorsement to the Biden-Harris campaign. “Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, grit, kindness, and respect," he commented.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
The singer, who is not yet old enough to vote, caused a little bit of controversy earlier this year when she released a video endorsing the Biden-Harris campaign. In the powerful speech, she accused President Trump of "destroying our country", before urging viewers to go out and vote.
Billie Eilish endorses Joe Biden for President in new #DNCConvention video: “Donald Trump is destroying our countr… https://t.co/Pt5bZoevpt— Pop Crave (@Pop Crave)1597888384.0
Madonna.Pop icon, Madonna, made her support of Joe Biden - and her disdain for President Trump - crystal clear to her Instagram followers. "I'll take Sleepy Joe Biden any day over this White Supremacist Aka/ Nazi Aka Sociopath that's in The WHITE HOUSE!" she captioned a Trump rally video.
Leonardo DiCaprio.Before the lockdown back in March, DiCaprio was spotted at a Biden-Harris campaign fundraiser in Los Angeles with his mother, Irmelin Indenbirken.
Cardi B.Zoomed with the presidential-elect for Elle, giving him a list of issues she hopes he addresses in office.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.In September, Teigen revealed that she and her husband were "proud" to be voting for Joe Biden. Speaking to Marie Claire, she said: "We are a divided, hurt nation that needs to be brought back together. [Biden is] someone who looks into issues with clear eyes, empathy, and understanding from being involved in politics. I also look at a presidential candidate as someone I want my kids to be able to look up to. I don’t see that in Donald Trump or any of his family."
And as for President Trump?Well, his run for a second term also had a fair share of A-lister support.
Dennis Quaid.The actor used his platform to express his support for President Trump, saying back in April: "I think Trump, no matter what anybody thinks of him, is doing a good job at trying to get these states - and all of the American people - what they need, and also trying to hold our economy together and be prepared for when this is all over."
Jon Voight.In October, the Hollywood icon released a bizarre and controversial video wherein he dubbed the Democrats as "evil" and Trump as the savior of our country. "This November, we must vote to help keep President Trump in office, so he can carry the torch for this land of the free."
Kid Rock.President Trump got public backing from the rap-rocking musician during the impeachment process. And, after Trump's Senate acquittal, he made his approval known on Twitter, sharing a photo of the two of them on a golf course.
The notorious MMA fighter praised Trump in January 2020, saying on Twitter: "Phenomenal president. Quite possibly the USA GOAT. Most certainly one of them anyway, as he sits atop the shoulders of many amazing giants that came before him."
@realDonaldTrump Phenomenal President. Quite possibly the USA 🐐. Most certainly one of them anyway, as he sits atop… https://t.co/kg5KWj37IR— Conor McGregor (@Conor McGregor)1579577219.0
Stephen Baldwin.The actor has expressed his admiration for the fact that Donald Trump "doesn't care what anybody thinks" and "is not a politician." He has also gone on to retweet the president, first lady Melania Trump, and other members of the president's inner circle.
Lil Pump.Despite being wrongly introduced by the president as "Lil Pimp" at one of his Michigan rallies, the rapper showed his full support with a passionate speech. "I’ve come here to say, Mr. President, I appreciate everything you have done for our country. You brought the troops home and are doing the right thing. MAGA 202020 don’t forget that!"
So, as you can see, celebrities this year were not afraid to express their political views...Nor were they afraid to use them to sway the opinions of American voters far and wide.
However, there's one famous face who doesn't feel too warmly about the notion of celebrity endorsements.The Hollywood icon, who found fame in movies such as The Thing, Escape From New York, and, more recently, The Hateful Eight, recently discussed the idea, and, let's just say, he isn't too happy about it.
While promoting his upcoming Netflix movie, Christmas Chronicles 2 with his partner, Goldie Hawne, Russel revealed that he believes celebrities should keep their political opinions to themselves.Speaking to the New York Times, he said: "As far as I’m concerned, you should step away from saying anything so that you can still be seen by the audience in any character."
He believes that entertainers should remain entertainers.He continued: "There’s no reason entertainers can’t learn just as much as anybody else about a subject, whatever it is. But I think that what’s sad about it is that they lose their status as a court jester. And I’m a court jester. That’s what I was born to do."
And, when Hawn poked back saying he's "not always funny," Russell explained that being funny isn't always the job of a jester:
"A court jester isn’t always funny. A court jester is the only one who can walk into the castle and put the king down as long as he doesn’t hit too close to home. I think that’s been a big, important part of all cultures throughout history, and I’d like to see it stay in ours."