This year’s US election has been nothing short of polarising, crazy and chaotic. Many of us have been in constant shock that an openly racist man who has bragged about assaulting women is actually one of the candidates, with numerous celebrities expressing their outrage at Donald Trump and enthusiastically backing Hillary Clinton for president. From concerts to Instagram support, we look over some of the responses to this year’s US Presidential Election from celebrities.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
At a concert in Cleveland last Friday, the power couple performed to support Clinton, and each gave impassioned speeches, urging voters to elect the first female President of the United States. They have also released a video promoting Clinton. “Less than one hundred years ago women did not have the right to vote. Look how far we’ve come from having no voice to being on the brink of making history,” Beyonce says on stage in the video, “I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman lead our country and know that her possibilities are limitless.” At the end they are joined by Clinton, who embraces the couple on stage.
Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, and Ellen Pompeo
Television producer and writer Shonda Rhimes, actresses Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and Ellen Pompeo star in a video advert directed by Tony Goldwyn. The four women describe the strong female characters they play and create, who are complex, flawed but brilliant, and the kinds of people they want the world to see on screen. “The real world has Hillary Clinton,” they say, “That’s why I’m with Hillary Clinton.”
The pop icon has actively supported Clinton on social media, posting photos with her on Instagram and encouraging people to vote. Last night, she gave a surprise performance at a New York rally, aiming to unify people in support of Clinton. “We are going to elect a president who does not discriminate against women, who does not discriminate against the LGBT community, who does not discriminate against people of colour, that does not want to build a wall around our country and separate us from the rest of the world,” she told the huge crowd.
Miley has shown her support for Clinton with numerous posts on Instagram and also campaigning for her at George Mason University in Virginia.
30 Days, 30 Songs
The 30 Days, 30 Songs project released one song per day from 10th October until Election Day, actually ending up with 50 songs and using the music to speak out against Trump’s campaign. The project includes songs from artists across the US, including R.E.M, Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, Cold War Kids and Jimmy Eat World. Many of the songs were written recorded especially for the project in protest of Trump, such as Moby’s ‘Trump is on Your Side.’
Love my @HillaryClinton @TanyaTaylor campaign tee #MadeForHistory #ImWithHer A photo posted by Emma Roberts (@emmaroberts) on
Emma Roberts posted a photo on Instagram of her wearing a t-shirt designed by Tanya Taylor in support of Clinton. The classic varsity style tee features Clinton’s initials embroidered on one side, in red, white and blue.
— sia (@Sia) September 27, 2016
Sia responded to Trump’s proclamation that Clinton “doesn’t have the stamina” by creating a mash-up video to praise her strength. Clinton’s own comment was incorporated in the video, and Sia overlaid the video with her song ‘The Greatest,’ which has the lyrics “I got stamina.”
11/8/16 is a filmmaking project that unites directors to collaborate on a film about this year’s US presidential election. The filmmakers will follow a diverse group of Americans over the course of the day, until the polls are closed. They will use the live-streaming app Periscope to broadcast what they film on the day. 56 directors are involved in the project, including Lena Dunham, Kris Swanberg, David Lowery, Eugene Jarecki, and Daniel Junge.
tap it if you’re nasty A photo posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on
Pop singer Katy Perry has been upfront about her support for Hillary, posting numerous supportive photos on Instagram, and famously stripping naked in September to encourage people to vote. She recently campaigned with students at UNLV in support of Clinton.
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
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The couple hosted a lunch for 100 people at their home in support of Clinton, posting a funny photobooth image of the three of them hanging out together. The lunch was attended by numerous other A-list supporters, including Jennifer Aniston.