At least five celebrities who took part in a recent Rock the Vote video campaign urging young people to go out and vote didn’t actually show up at the polls themselves in 2010, a new Washington Post report revealed. Whoopi Goldberg, Girls creator Lena Dunham, Glee’s Darren Criss, Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star (and Magic Johnson’s son) E.J. Johnson did not vote in the previous midterm election, the Post found.
Dunham herself admitted that she voted for the “first time” in 2012 when she cast her ballot for Barack Obama. But the Post couldn’t find any evidence in the New York and Los Angeles voting records that her cohorts in the PSA had gone to the ballot box four years ago, either. Others stars who took part in the Rock the Vote campaign may not have voted, the Post revealed, as its reporters were unable to find information for musician Lil Jon and six others who showed up in the election-themed video.
When asked about the apparent hypocrisy displayed by the stars who were revealed not to have voted in the last midterm election, Audrey Gelman, a spokeswoman for non-profit Rock the Vote replied that the celebrities had committed to voting in this election and that’s all that matters. She told The Washington Post in an email:
Rock The Vote’s approach is forward-looking. The talent who participate in our campaigns are registered to vote and have pledged to turn out this Tuesday and in upcoming elections. We believe individuals who have missed opportunities to vote in the past should not be disqualified from committing to participate in the political process in the future, and helping spread a positive message of civic engagement.
A new Harvard University Institute of Politics study of young people finds that only a quarter of 18-29-year-olds had voted in the last midterm elections and the same share plan to vote now. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Whoopi Goldberg, cast in the parody video as Lil Jon’s aunt, didn’t cast a ballot in 2010, either.
2. Dunham, pictured here dancing pantless in the video, admittedly voted for her ‘first time’ in 2012.
3. Lena Dunham and other celebrities in Rock the Votes Turn Out for What midterm election PSA didn’t vote four years ago, their voting histories show.
4. Records show that Glee’s Darren Criss, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star E.J. Johnson and Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne didn’t vote in the last midterm election.
Here is Whoopi Goldberg doing her Rock the Vote thing four years ago:
And here is Lena Dunham’s Your First Time:
Source: Washington Post.
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