It doesn’t take a professional political analyst for most American voters to know which presidential nominee will receive a majority of the entertainment world’s votes come election day. Historically speaking, Hollywood especially, remains left. No matter how strong the Republican candidate, it is typically almost impossible to sway Hollywood voters. Almost. Have things changed this time around? Perhaps.
Rather than asking the question of which celebrities support the democrat candidate, it is usually more of a question of which celebrities don’t. Somewhat surprisingly due to their typical views, many high profile figures are reportedly casting their vote for the Republican nominee Mitt Romney this time around. Even more surprising? Several of them supported Obama in the 2008 election, but no longer back him for 2012.
The list is likely much longer than one may originally expect, but read below to see some of those who have publicly stated that they backing the Romney/Ryan campaign.
Recently, actress Stacey Dash was publicly attacked for showing her support for Mitt Romney. Though she admitted to supporting Obama in 2008, she readily admitted that Mitt is her choice now. Thankfully for Dash, she is far from alone in her thoughts.
Clint Eastwood, Chuck Norris, Dean Cain, and Ted Nugent are a few of the more obvious supporters that tend to vote Republican. However, they are joined by many other pop culture figures this time around:
Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant, Randy Owen of Alabama, The Oakridge Boys, John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Kelly Clarkson, Hank Williams Jr., and Trace Atkins have all made public statements in favor of Romney/Ryan.
“I did not vote for President Obama…..His whole platform was change, change. Well, very little has changed I know for the people that are our fans,” Van Zant said.
Country singer Lane Turner wasn’t afraid to speak his mind in a recent interview: “Mitt Romney will preserve this exceptional American legacy. Barack Obama will destroy it,” Turner told NewCountryStar.com.
Some well known names that performed or were in attendance at the Republican National Convention? Journey, Sara Evans, Taylor Hicks, Dave Navarro, 3 Doors Down, and Zac Brown.
Country singers are a little less surprising on the Republican front. However, Lee Greenwood, Ronnie Milsap, Jo Dee Messina, Collin Raye, Charlie Daniels, and Jamie O’Neal all joined the campaign to elect Mitt Romney.
Now for some musicians you may not have expected right off the bat? Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Avenged Sevenfold, Beach Boys, Sammy Hagar, 50 Cent (seriously!), Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons, LL Cool J, and Styx are just a few that are endorsing Romney/Ryan.
Okay, now to really throw you for a loop…. There are some major names in Hollywood that are hoping to see Romney move into the White House. Get ready for this: Kelsey Grammer, Andy Garcia, Patricia Heaton, Heidi Montag, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Selleck, and Lorenzo Lamos just to name a few.
Some comedian support? Absolutely. Drew Carey, Dennis Miller, Jeff Foxworthy, Adam Sandler, and Adam Carolla are all behind Mr. Romney.
Who else is on this possibly surprising list? Scott Baio, who starred in the 70’s sitcom “Happy Days.” Not only did he give the legal limit to Romney’s campaign, but he has even went as far as to make several appearances in support of Mr. Romney.
Romney can also rest assured that he has the support of the Trump clan, though that one may have seemed somewhat obvious as Trump threatened to run as the Republican candidate himself. Additionally, Trump and President Obama aren’t exactly friends.
One of the biggest shocks perhaps is…..*drum roll*….Lindsay Lohan. Yes, Lindsay did in fact vote for President Obama in the 2008 election, and seemed happy about his victory at first. However, Lohan has admitted that she no longer feels the same.
“I think unemployment is very important for now, so as of now I think (my vote) is Mitt Romney,” Lohan reported to Fox411’s Pop Tarts, at the Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink Launch Party in Los Angeles this month.
Perhaps some of the least predictable names on the list are those that are connected to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Pitt and Jolie themselves are undoubtedly Obama supporters. If this high profile pair were supporting Romney it would indeed be the shock of the century.
However, Angelina’s father Jon Voigt has been outspoken about his support for Romney. Voight recently told a crowd that he was backing Romney because he was strong and honest. He also stated that President Obama has “decided to follow his father’s footsteps and take us to socialism.”
Likewise, Brad Pitt’s mother went as far as to write an article about her support for Mr. Romney, and her disapproval for Mr. Obama. In direct opposition to her son and his fiancé, Pitt’s mother strongly disagrees with gay marriage. Jane Pitt’s letter to the Springfield Mo, News-Leader was later identified by the LGBT activist group ThinkProgress. The irony of the situation? Brad and Angelina have always claimed that they will not marry until there is marriage equality for all. As a devout Christian, Jane Pitt has not been afraid to believe differently than her son.
Someone else you may not expect? Porn legend Jenna Jameson supports Mitt Romney as well. While in 2008 she stated that democrats are better, she has since changed her mind. A famous quote of her was, 'If you're rich, you want a republican in office.' Interestingly she seems to have an individual insight that most of her fellow celebrities don't.
On October 9, 2012 in an interview with Marc Lamont Hill, Hulk Hogan made a statement for the Republican nominee as well.
He then continued his stance by saying:
“Something needs to change in this country. There’s no reason why this country shouldn’t be up and running and everybody healthy and happy and prosperous, and in abundance, and we need a change, you know…”
Though there haven't been any political statements found for Romney in particular, Sarah Michelle Gellar, husband Freddie Prinze Jr., and Mel Gibson are all registered Republicans. We can assume that their votes are going to Mr. Romney.
Buzz Bissinger is a sports columnist for The Daily Beast, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August. He is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
Though Bissinger was a lifelong democrat, he decided he could no longer stand behind Obama following his poor debate performance in Denver. He admitted that abandoning Obama was a difficult decision due to his liberal upbringing, but that he has simply given up on him. He doesn’t even care if his own wife approves of his decision.
He was quoted as saying, “Voting for a president is based on a combination of factual and emotional perception. The tipping point was last week’s debate in Denver….I have never seen a performance worse than Obama’s, distracted, his head dipped into the podium as if avoiding the smell of something rotten, acting above the very idea that a debate does provide a pivotal referendum on his first term as it has for all incumbent presidents…But there was more than the entitlement of entitlement. He struck me as burnt out, tired of selling his message although he has always been terrible at selling his message when it veers from idealism into the practical.”
Bissinger went on to say so much more about his background, and revealed that experiences are causing him to lean more to the right in his older age.
“At the debate, Romney did not simply act like he wanted to be president. He wants to be president. He showed vigor, and enthusiasm, and excitement, a man who wants to lead….But he also revealed compassion…He recognized the needs of the poor. He recognized the need for regulation," expressed Bissinger.
Bissinger continued to go on and on about his new decision by concluding with: “Four years ago, all Obama had to do was speak and everyone was swooned. That was four years ago. It is now four years later. He is no longer the chosen one. He is just too cool for school in a country desperate for the infectiousness of rejuvenation. Romney has it. Our President no longer does,” stated Bissinger.
Romney also has secured the endorsements of numerous Olympians. Everyone from Kim Rhode to Christy Yamaguchi to Dan Jansen to Scott Hamilton are just a small few of those wanting Romney to win the upcoming election.
You may be wondering about other athletes. If so, the answer is yes….Romney does have the publicized support of many athletes as well. PGA golfer Rickie Fowler, and NFL great John Elway both strongly believe that Mitt is the man for the job. Former NBA and UNLV star Greg Anthony has joined the club as well. Romney’s campaign has also received donations from Boston Celtics vice president Danny Ainge, New England Patriots Bob Kraft, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, legendary sportscaster Vin Scully, and former Pittsburgh Steelers running back-turned-ESPN analyst Meril Hoge. Associates of the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Braves are also following suit in support of Mr. Romney.
The list is endless and the personal quotes are numerous, and celebrity conservatives are undoubtedly making themselves known.
Obama’s entire platform in 2008 was "change," and it seems that everyone remembers that all too well. Many just simply aren’t buying his promises anymore, and are instead turning to Romney for a hopeful new path. These endorsements just go to show that the entertainment majority may not always be dominated by the left. It is an interesting concept to ponder, and it will be even more interesting to see how everything plays out if Mitt is indeed elected as President.