As the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination becomes more and more unpredictable, every push helps – and candidates are asking for support from the powerful world of cinema and entertainment.
From Bernie Sanders’ Ariana Grande endorsement to Pete Buttigieg’s fundraiser with Gwyneth Paltrow, the Hollywood endorsement remains a coveted recognition for the campaign. And while a recent poll found that nine out of 10 adults would not influence their vote by a celebrity, the study also found that celebrities hold significantly more among young voters, a group’s candidates are eager to reach out.
Ahead of the Californian primaries on March 3, that’s who Hollywood’s famous names have said they will vote for.
Bernie Sanders: attracting the power of the stars
The stars seem aligned for Bernie Sanders, with the candidate receiving more than two dozen accolades from prominent musicians, actors and athletes.
An appeal from musicians such as Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, Bon Iver, Willow Smith, Lil Yachty, TI, Zedd and Noname expressed their support, while actors such as Danny DeVito, Cynthia Nixon, Tessa Thompson, Shailene Woodley, Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo Jack Nicholson and Justin Long have heard from Bern. Comedians John Mulaney, Hasan Minhaj and Jaboukie Young-White, correspondent of the Daily Show, are also giving weight to the 78-year-old Senator from Vermont.
Other surprising names include Hailey Bieber (Justin Bieber’s model and bride), writer and influencer Caroline Callowayand the famous drag queen Lady Bunny.
Amy Klobuchar: a slow but steady increase
The Hollywood confirmations of Amy Klobuchar have not been as extensive as those of other candidates “, but have increased in recent weeks, perhaps reflecting his recent increase in the elections. The second runner of the American season Idol Clay Aiken approved the former prosecutor in February. The gay singer announced his support in a USA Today titled Why I’m Changing My Vote from Joe Biden to Amy Klobuchar, writing: “The 2020 Democratic Party is ready for a voice fresher. Klobuchar is that voice. “
Other celebrities captured in the “Klobmentum” include actor Glee Jane Lynch and writer-director Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, Love, Simon, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina).
Pete Buttigieg: some big names (whites)
Pete Buttigieg has found support from big names among Hollywood elites such as Goop actor and CEO Gwyneth Paltrow, who held a fundraiser for the former mayor, the animator Seth MacFarlane and actor Michael J Fox.
However Buttigieg, whose campaign has struggled to reach black voters, suffered an embarrassing moment when his campaign announced support from comedian Keegan-Michael Key, only to bring her back a few hours later. The two appeared together in an event to encourage voter turnout in Nevada, but the campaign made it clear that it was not an official endorsement (and it was not the first time that the campaign overestimated promises of support from of black leaders).
Other notable names include 2018 Miss Black America winner Ryann Richardson; actor John Stamos; and Shameless star Emmy Rossum.
Elizabeth Warren: a favorite of Hollywood women and LGBTQ + stars
Elizabeth Warren may have slipped into the polls, but her support from Hollywood has not been, and especially within her LGBTQ + community. Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness was a vocal supporter of the Massachusetts senator. Van Ness, who discussed his HIV status in 2019, said that Warren’s health plan would be of great benefit to those living with this condition. “Health care should never be for profit, it’s a human right,” wrote Van Ness in his support. Bobby Berk, another Queer Eye star, has also expressed support for Warren.
Hollywood women are also putting their weight behind Warren: Scarlett Johansson, Rosie O’Donnell, Amy Schumer, Patricia Arquette, Busy Phillips, Constance Wu, Amber Tamblyn and Sally Field are big supporters.
Mike Bloomberg: a dark horse
The the late contestant received several awards, including stylist Isaac Mizrahi, who cited Bloomberg’s “support for LGBTQ” as mayor of New York. Project Runway host Tim Gunn also approved Bloomberg, even joining the candidate’s LGBTQ + board.
Actor Ted Danson (The Good Place, Cheers) supported Bloomberg in a long Facebook post, expressing his support for Bloomberg’s commitment to curbing climate change. Judge Judy approved the candidate in January, praising his moderate policies and criticizing Trump, saying: “Enough damage has been done. My mission is to see that Mike Bloomberg is in the White House for the next four years. “
Joe Biden: not the most starry sky, but some bright spots
While Biden hasn’t received the same enthusiastic, high-profile support from Hollywood as some other candidates, he has some big names behind him. In February, pop icon Cher said he still supports Biden, despite his disappointing results in Iowa and New Hampshire. “I know and believe in him, although some think it’s a lost cause,” the singer said during an interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Other Biden supporters include actor Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Amy Pascal, former president of Sony Pictures Entertainment.