Madonna and Roseanne Barr have launched their campaigns for President of the Free World.
Just kidding. Only one of them has a ‘real’ campaign but — who knows — we’ve been here before with celebrity politicians (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sonny Bono, Ronald Reagan). So don’t write them off just yet. Stop sniggering.
Roseanne Barr for President launched her campaign for the Green Party nomination last week. The party PR says:
Roseanne Barr has been making media appearances, and speaking to Green Party General Assemblies nationwide with her populist message of economic justice and fair play for all Americans. Roseanne has also been calling out cronyism and corruption in our political system by demanding accountability for those Wall Street criminals responsible for massive mortgage fraud, and an end to “corporate personhood” as defined by the Supreme Court.
Watch Barr’s speech:
Madonna was interviewed on Facebook over the weekend and asked if she were President what three things would she prioritize.
“When I am president, I will first of all take all the money spent on defence and put it into education, so that schoolteachers get paid more money. It’s scandalous how low their pay is.”
“Gay marriage would be legal everywhere and accepted.”
“There would be no restrictions whatsoever on any of my videos, ever.”
The latter may not top many polls for ‘most important issue’ for the average voter, but it’s a top Madonna concern since one video from her new LP got banned on YouTube for viewing by the kidz, due to excessive ‘grinding,’ I think.
She has got a chance to make a solid, real-world, political point coming up soon. She’s defying a boycott of St. Petersburg, Russia, who have passed a nasty anti-gay law, with the promise that she’ll challenge the law on stage. The local politician who pushed the law has promised to attend her concert and insist she be arrested if she says anything pro-gay.
We’ll wait breathlessly to see whether she’s prepared to risk jail.
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