When you think glitz and glamour, you might not immediately think of septuagenarian self-identified Democratic Socialist and candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. But while he may be an unlikely suitor, Hollywood has gone sweet on Bernie Sanders.
Director Spike Lee and legendary actor Dick Van Dyke are the latest celebs to throw their support behind Sanders. In a one-minute spot, Lee, himself a fellow Brooklynite, told voters that the Vermont Senator will “do the right thing” for America; a nod to Lee’s break out 1989 film.
“How can we be sure? Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King, he was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation at public schools,” Lee said. “He fought for wealth and education equality throughout his whole career. No flipping, no flopping. Enough talk. Time for action...."
"I know that you know the system is rigged… ninety-nine percent of Americans were hurt by the great recession of 2008 and many are still recovering, and that’s why I’m officially endorsing my brother Bernie Sanders. Bernie takes no money from corporations — nada — which means he is not on the take.”
In a far more dire taped message, 90-year-old Dick Van Dyke made it sound as though America ought elect Sanders lest we face — *gulp* — the end of the world.
“Whether or not he makes it to the White House,” said Van Dyke. “I hope and pray that everyone hears the alarm that’s sounding now. May be the last voice we ever hear.”
Back in the 1990s, it was the Clintons who were the toast of tinseltown. But that was over 20 years ago and, as the Dylan song goes, the times they are a changin’. Sanders has definitely cut into her Hollywood hold. So far, Sanders has gained the support of actors Ryan Gosling, John C. Reilly, Danny DeVito, and Mark Ruffalo, On the music side, he has Dave Mathews and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (all of them) singing his tune.
We’ll see if the stars can help propel Bernie into the nomination. But, he may need more than just celeb backing; he’s down in delegates to Hillary 502 to 70. And the latest polls suggest Clinton will capture South Carolina. While his chances don’t look great, if the star support can land him the role of Mr. President, well, for Bernie, that would be a true Hollywood ending.
Check out Larry King's interview with Dick Van Dyke where he laments the current state of Hollywood today:
And for more on Spike Lee, check out his interview with Larry King on why he called out Hollywood over racial inequality:
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