Celebrites Tweet the Vote: Do You Care?

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While most celebrities, like Eva Longoria, Kevin Smith and Rosario Dawson are simply using their (twitter) voices to encourage followers to vote, others have been more... uh... vocal about what to vote for this election day.

Examples include Leonardo DiCaprio:

Tomorrow is the day we stand up for what is right for California’s environment & future. Please vote NO on #Prop 23. @StopProp_23less than a minute ago via web

And Danny DeVito:

Tomorrow you have to please get out & VOTE California YES on Prop 19. Bitches! Set your private parts on fiiiiyaaaaa!
Decriminalise Weed!less than a minute ago via web

Some people get all up in arms when celebrities voice their voting opinions. "Did they go to school for political science?" "Do they even know what they're talking about?" "Why should I care what a celebrity thinks?" Okay, fine.

But why should I care what you think about? To be honest, I don't really pay attention to what or whom celebrities tell me to vote for; I have my own opinions and beliefs when it comes to voting. Just like they do. While I don't care who or what they support, I am never going to bemoan their public tweets about their voting passions. I would fight for their right to not only vote but to voice their opinions. I told everyone to support their local fire levies today because that's one of my passions. Hopefully no celebrities tell me to shut my tweeting-fingers up.

Of course, when celebrities simply encourage people -- especially young people -- to vote, I'm all about that. And I may have watched this video more than once... but it was after I voted. So, I'm safe.

And, really, Alyssa Milano has a good point:

If you don't exercise your right to vote, you're a douche.less than a minute ago via Twittelator

Do you care, one way or the other, when celebrities rally around a cause or candidate? Are you swayed to vote that way or does it turn you off immediately? Do you complain when they publicly support something? Discuss while we wait to see how the nation voted, celebrities included.

Contributing Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land. She is a freelance writer and newspaper photographer.


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