In an ad directed by Jodie Foster, celebrities from all walks of life urge the American public to vote this upcoming election. Cher, Constance Wu, Laverne Cox and more are accompanied by a diverse group of American women to speak on the importance of political engagement. The ad ultimately begs the question: What do you care about? If something really matters to you, make sure your voice is heard in the election.
The ad, produced by Independence USA PAC and RadicalMedia, brings attention to a variety of political issues. With a simplistic structure to focus on the issues, the viewer is meant to recognize that their vote matters. There are many different issues that are being addressed during this election, such as gun reform, immigration and climate change. The ad recognizes the political significance of these issues, as well as women’s and human rights.
In the current political climate, it is increasingly important for marginalized voices to be heard. Foster commented, “Women’s voices are being listened to in a way that they haven’t been before. And it’s not just women candidates. It’s women voters and women activists.” Campaigns such as this also allow a platform for people of color and LGBTQ+ folks.
The ad concluded with a strong message:
On November 6th, we’re all in this together.
Text “VOTE” to 433-67 to make a plan to vote.
Celebrity engagement has proven to be a successful political motivator. In Early October, media star Taylor Swift posted that she would be voting in her local election. She directly encouraged her followers to register to vote and research the issues. Following Swift’s public statement, Kamari Guthrie of Vote.org reported that voter registrations were up to 65,000 in a 24 hour period.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
November 6th is election day. Find out how to vote at vote.org.