We need celebrities to tell us to vote!

This video, from Comedy Central and posted on The Hill, makes fun of those ads in which celebrities tell us to be sure to vote (Hollywood being Hollywood, there’s also an implicit message there).

But regardless of how you vote (and I’ve already done so), do a substantial number of people really require being nudged by a celebrity before they go to the polls?

Well, I’m off, and I hope to see America at least a bit improved when I return in mid-November.

According to AdAge, this video also makes fun of HBO (Home Box Office, an American cable t.v. station):

Near the end of the ad, one of the self-described “normal people” addresses the celebrity population at large, saying “Your silence is deafening.” That makes this PSA a spoof of not only all the celebrity-stuffed advocacy ads we’ve been seeing for years, but one particular recent get-out-the-vote spot from HBO in particular, in which all the fabulous famous people remained literally silent; see “Kumail Nanjiani, Ed Harris, Lena Dunham and others give you the voter registration staredown.”

Here’s that ad, which seems to me a mite condescending:

41 Comments

  1. Michael Fisher
    Posted November 2, 2018 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    From reading here & there I get the impression that many young adults end up not voting. Many are away from home because college/career & not arsed enough to plan ahead so as to get registered &/or an absentee ballot [only Virginia allows voters to apply for an absentee ballot online I think]. That age group also much less likely to get their news in traditional news print long form – today TV is considered ‘long form’.

    Is social media any use for news? I don’t do social.

    • rickflick
      Posted November 2, 2018 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      Young adult humans are preoccupied with breeding and spend much of their time preening their feathers and strutting their stuff in front of their sexual opposites. Voting is for more mature humans for whom the blush of reproductive excitement has faded and the bread and butter issues become important.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mx7vZDhStI

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted November 3, 2018 at 2:02 am | Permalink

        Nice! Their “Run, Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)” is still a huge Northern Soul dance floor hit in the UK.

        • rickflick
          Posted November 3, 2018 at 6:50 am | Permalink

          Next time I’m in the UK, I’ll be hittin’ the Northern Soul dance floor! Now, where’s me United tickets…er…I might be a wee bit late. Oy Vey!

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted November 3, 2018 at 9:29 am | Permalink

        Devo’s cover of “Bread and Butter” was put to rather infamous use in the famous food scene from Adrian Lyne’s 9 1/2 Weeks.

        • rickflick
          Posted November 3, 2018 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

          That title just screams out, “REUSE ME!”

    • Diane G
      Posted November 2, 2018 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      “[only Virginia allows voters to apply for an absentee ballot online I think]”

      Michigan does, and I insisted that my daughter send for one. (She did.)

  2. JohnH
    Posted November 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Should we vote? Isn’t that what Trump (a celebrity more than a president) is telling his base. Worked for him. Sad to say it may be true for both sides. Trump’s presidency is more a statement about the American people than a commentary on himself. He just knows how to use the system. Like to comment more but I’ve got to go and watch the WWF championship bout.

  3. Christopher
    Posted November 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Why vote when one can get onTw@tter and bitch about it instead?

  4. Posted November 2, 2018 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    In this era of Republican voter suppression and gerrymandering, I’ll take what I can get.

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 2, 2018 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Well, I’m off, and I hope to see America at least a bit improved when I return in mid-November.

    You gonna post regularly while you’re out galavanting around this time? Or we gonna hafta go scrounging around again in the seedier back-alleys of the internet, looking to score whatever dodgy commentary we can, to get by while you’re gone?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      PS — I think that last silent-treatment vid is kinda cute.

  6. ladyatheist
    Posted November 2, 2018 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Only about a third of millenials plan to vote, so whatever works is a good thing.

    • Posted November 2, 2018 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Why do we want the uninformed to vote?

      • Mark R.
        Posted November 3, 2018 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

        How do you know 22 million millenials (30% of their 75 million who plan to vote) are uninformed? Your statement is uninformed, and very condescending as well.

  7. Merilee
    Posted November 2, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Sub

  8. Posted November 2, 2018 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    It can be done ham-handedly, but if regular proddings by celebs helps to get some people goddam vote then its a good thing. But I don’t personally know if it makes any difference.
    I watched Michael Moore interviewed on the tely the other day. A very good interviewee, btw! Anyway he commented that the largest voting block are those that don’t vote.

  9. Posted November 2, 2018 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    I dissent from all the get out the vote stuff. I only want people who actually think to vote. Voting as a fashion statement isn’t admirable.

    Before anyone howls, look at how Trump won the Republican nomination: lots of first time voters.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 3, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      I’m fine with not encouraging low-information citizens who are not otherwise so inclined to go to the polls. But it should be made as easy as possible for all citizens who do wish to exercise their voting franchise — pace how voting is now conducted across the US. And the measures Republican legislators and local officials have undertaken to suppress voting by minority citizens since the US Supreme Court invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act is a national scandal.

    • Harrison
      Posted November 3, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Since I doubt GOTV measures hack into the brains of nonvoters to force their legs to march them into a polling place, it stands to reason that it turns nonvoters into voters by persuasion, i.e., getting them to think about it.

  10. KD33
    Posted November 2, 2018 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    If Maggie Gyllenhaal tells me to vote, I will vote. Yes maam!

  11. Diana MacPherson
    Posted November 3, 2018 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I think the celebrity stare down ad was clever.

    • Mark R.
      Posted November 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      Me too. (It’s weird writing that phrase w/o thinking #metoo.)

    • Posted November 3, 2018 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      I suggest that is part of why you don’t understand why Trump won. Jerry is right, it’s condescending. It’s worse actually.

      • Mark R.
        Posted November 3, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

        Nah, Republicans don’t watch HBO. Way too much sex (hetero and homo), drugs and rock n roll for the faitheists. To me, that ad was focused at the smallest percentile of voters with the largest voice: those aged 18-37. Basically the millennials, and they love their HBO.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted November 3, 2018 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

        Wow you sure infer a lot about me from thinking an ad was clever.

  12. tomh
    Posted November 3, 2018 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    The NYT piece, The Myth of the Lazy Nonvoter, points out that one of the root causes of low turnout is this country’s framework of restrictive voting laws. The US is probably unique in allowing state laws to govern voting in federal elections, and since the Supreme Court, in 2013, pretty much dismantled the Voting Rights Act, states have passed more and more restrictive laws to curtail voting.

    All states should follow the lead of North Dakota, the only state that doesn’t require voter registration. Show up on voting day with ID proving age and residence (such as a driver’s license) and vote.

    • Posted November 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      So I, a Canadian, should be able to vote?

      I hope the Canadian government would prosecute any Americans who voted here without being Canadian citizens.

      • tomh
        Posted November 3, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

        If you’re actually interested, this is how North Dakota does it. And yes, it is against the law for non-citizens to vote, punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. Are there more problems with non-citizens voting in ND than anywhere else? No, it is about the same, which is to say, there is virtually no problem at all. Anywhere.

        • Posted November 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

          Well, you made two strong claims. Let’s just talk about the claim there is no problem anywhere. Do you have evidence from everywhere? More to the point, do you know about the elections that were invalidated and overturned by courts in the UK?

          • tomh
            Posted November 3, 2018 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

            My mistake. I should have said anywhere in the United States. In spite of what Republicans will tell you, non-citizens voting is a non-existent problem, in the US. I can’t speak to other countries.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted November 3, 2018 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

            There were over 135 million votes cast in the 2016 US presidential election, and all of four documented cases of voter fraud.

      • Gabrielle
        Posted November 3, 2018 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

        Ken B, your Blogger profile says you live in Michigan.

  13. Mark R.
    Posted November 3, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    This doesn’t correlate to actually voting, but Taylor Swift managed to get a lot of young people to register…don’t know the number, but tens of thousands in Tennessee. A celebrity endorsement sure can’t hurt.

  14. Andrea Kenner
    Posted November 4, 2018 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    I actually liked the HBO ad.


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