Celebrities have always used their power when it comes to promoting a presidential candidate and this year is no exception. The cinema constantly hosts evenings organized by movie stars and directors of major studios to raise funds in favor of their favorite aspirant. The entrance to one of these parties can cost up to 300,000 dollars per person.
The most important thing is that Hollywood celebrities get a level of care for a candidate that no other industry gets says Steve Ross a professor of USC History and author of the book ‘Hollywood Left and Right’.
One of the clearest cases was the support of television producer and television presenter Oprah Winfrey to Barack Obama in 2008, which generated a million votes for what became the first black president of the United States, according to a study done By the University of Maryland.
In this edition, Clinton is outlined as the favorite of Hollywood royalty. His list of “friends” includes such influential names as George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Reese Witherspoon, Barbra Streisand and filmmaker Steven Spielberg, for example. All of them, plus the stars of television and music represent the fifth part of the income that has received the campaign of the ex-secretary of State.
But Hollywood has only given $ 27 million to Democratic and Republican teams, making it barely the thirteenth industry that fills the coffers of aspirants. Wall Street, however, has injected $ 231.6 million, of which 65 percent into the Republican camp, according to figures from the Center for Responsive Politics.
The money that Hollywood can raise may not match Wall Street or the teachers’ union, but what celebrities really do bring is visibility says director Sarah Bryner. So when you get the support of someone like Beyonce or George Clooney, your image goes off he adds.
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But not all the stars of the firmament are welcome. Nobody wants the support of fastidious celebrities like Mel Gibson and even today, I do not think any candidate wants Jane Fonda it’s still too controversial Ross says referring to the actress’s activism during the Vietnam War.
In contrast, having the support of actor and director Lena Dunham is important to reach young women while having the support of filmmaker Spike Lee can be vital to win the black vote, which has all the numbers to be taken Clinton according to the teacher.
While the public believes that Hollywood is a land dominated by liberals, studio executives do not play everything to the Democratic camp, to keep their options open. There is corporate Hollywood, which focuses on doing business, and creative Hollywood more akin to the Democratic Party he says.