Every day now, it seems like another unlikely celebrity is speaking out on the presidential election. I understand how these artists must feel — I can’t stop reading campaign news and refreshing the latest polls, either. But there’s something pretty surreal about seeing, say, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel remix the classic “D— in a Box” as a pro-Obama clip called “Vote in the Box.” (Yes, this actually happened, and while the video has mysteriously vanished from YouTube during the time I spent writing this post, I swear it was funny.) Meanwhile, you’ve got cavalcades of mostly apolitical rappers lining up to contribute verses packed with talking points to Russell Simmons and DJ Green Lantern’s Yes We Can: The Mixtape. (The mixtape is totally solid and worth a free download, as it happens.) Then there was that fairly hilarious Moveon.org ad directed by Mr. & Mrs. Smith’s Doug Liman where, like, Serena van der Woodsen and Dan Humphrey rag on John McCain. (Check it out below.) And those are just the three best examples from the past few days! Put it all together and it’s clear that this election cycle is bringing out civic engagement from across the pop-culture map in a way I’ve never witnessed before.
Of course, I’m biased here. I’m most definitely the kind of guy who loves well-crafted entertainment with political overtones, so of course I’m enjoying all this. (It also helps that I’m a big supporter of Sen. Obama, who’s the beneficiary of virtually all these pop-culture PSAs.) But what do you think? What have your favorite celeb endorsements of the season been? Or have you just had enough of all this? Cast your ballot with a comment below…
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