Celebrities talk voting and who they’re voting for

Kayla Mutchler, Editor in Chief

Celebrities seem far from the average person, but in one regard, they’re not so different: they still vote. Some celebrities have been outspoken on social media about this year’s presidential election, while others have taken a quieter approach.

On Oct. 7, singer Taylor Swift posted to social media about why she is voting for Joe Biden in an interview with V Magazine. One photo included the cover of the magazine, which said “vote.” In the other photo, she held a plate of cookies that said, “Biden Harris 2020.” In the interview, she said, “The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of color deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included.”

50 Cent has been outspoken about his support for Donald Trump, specifically in a social media post. He disproved Biden’s tax plan, where it depicted California being taxed by 62.6%. He said, “I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people. 62% are you out of ya f***ing mind.” Instagram has flagged the post, as according to the Associated Press Fact checker, the post is missing context and could spread misinformation.

Lady Gaga has encouraged citizens to vote. She promoted a website called turbovote.org, created a song about voting, recreated her “Telephone” sandwich dance while promoting feedthepolls.org and more. Gaga most recently posted a video about the importance of voting, while wearing outfits from each of her album eras, including the infamous meat dress. Gaga has not directly said who she is voting for; however, after the killing of George Floyd, she opposed Trump: “He holds the most powerful office in the world, yet offers nothing but ignorance and prejudice while black lives continue to be taken.”

Kirstie Alley has shown support for Trump since his original run in the 2016 election. She has voted for different parties throughout the years, such as former President Barack Obama in both of his terms. On Oct. 17, she tweeted, “I’m voting for @realDonaldTrump because he’s NOT a politician. I voted for him 4 years ago for this reason and shall vote for him again for this reason. He gets things done quickly and he will turn the economy around quickly.”

Cardi B participated in an interview with Biden on Aug. 17, saying that she wants Trump out of office. She critiqued his handling of COVID-19, saying, “[Trump is] really confusing everyone. One day he’s telling them this is nothing, that people need to stop getting tested. Next thing you know, [he has] a mask [on his] face… And it’s crazy that all of this had to happen so they could open their eyes to the past four years.”

Kid Rock supports Trump in the upcoming election. On Sept. 14, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted that Kid Rock would join him for a Michigan campaign rally in support of Trump’s re-election. In Feb., Rock posted an Instagram photo of him and Trump playing golf together.

For information on this year’s election, head to vote.org.