by Roohi Sahajpal
Another war is brewing in Washington. When they’re not butting heads on issues on the campaign trail, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are fighting about another thing… the women’s vote.
Female voters often determine elections and this year is no different. A recent poll shows that while President Obama is a favorite among female voters, Mitt Romney has gained some ground. And this year, women have donated more than $46 million for Obama and over $30 million for Romney.
But what about celebrities and boldfaced women? Who do they support? Let’s take a look at the more famous women who are making news for their roles on Team Obama or Team Romney.
Beyonce did this video for the Obama Campaign--telling about a letter she wrote the First Lady. In September, she and JayZ threw a $50,000 a ticket fundraiser for President Obama at the 40/40 club in Manhattan.
Sarah Jessica Parker
On Sex and the City, her character could really spend money, but actress Sarah Jessica Parker recently helped raise over $2 million for the Obama campaign. Earlier this month, Parker and her husband, actor Matthew Broderick, hosted the Obamas at their home for a fundraising dinner party, but the way the event was promoted is now raising some eyebrows. ProPublica’s message machine has gathered over 100 emails that the Obama campaign sent out inviting people to the event, but more than seven variations of the emails were found. Some of the emails mention an after-dinner concert by Mariah Carey, while others don’t mention her at all. The messages range from brief introductions and a video message from Parker, to longer emails asking for a donation. The Obama campaign refused to comment on the emails, but it's obvious that different demographics were targeted with the messages.
If the Obama campaign is trying to appeal to fashionistas across America, it might have done it with this message. Along with SJP, fashion icon Anna Wintour is also on Team Obama. Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief filmed this video message inviting people to have dinner with the Obamas. Like Parker’s message, it was also only included in some emails.
Actress Elizabeth Banks isn't shying away from voicing her support for Barack Obama. She recently participated in the Obama Women's Round Table, a discussion on women's issues held at Obama headquarters in Chicago. She was quoted as saying, "He's going to protect my right to keep making babies on my own schedule." And this tweet she sent out also went viral:
Actress and animal lover Olivia Wilde shared her dislike for Mitt Romney after wearing a "Dogs against Romney" pin at an appearance on The Colbert Report in June.
The pin refers to the revelation that the Romneys strapped the family dog Seamus in a kennel to the roof of their car on a road trip in 1983. The Romneys have defended the decision, but Wilde wasn’t convinced.
“It’s just not right. It’s not right,” she said.
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She's for Obama...then Romney...and now no one? Supermodel Cindy Crawford made a donation to the Obama campaign in 2008, but this year she made an appearance in a video showing people how to use ComMitt fundraising software, for Romney. Her PR team quickly brushed away the video telling CNN, "She appeared in the video as a favor to Romney's son, with whom she is friendly. She's not politically aligned with any party or candidate.”
Hewlett-Packard’s CEO Meg Whitman is one of Romney’s most high-profile endorsers. Whitman and Romney are longtime friends, and Whitman is the national finance co-chair for the Romney campaign. Whitman, however, was notably absent from a major fundraiser for Romney. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that it's likely due to the fact that HP announced that it would be laying off 27,000 employees.
She inspired legions of women to copy her hairstyle, but will they want her candidate? Someone who did make an appearance at Romney’s major fundraiser was former Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill. Hamill won the gold in 1976 and also ran the torch at the 2002 Olympic games in Salt Lake City, which Ann Romney headed. Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was also there.
Although not as famous as Whitman, another powerful CEO is also on Team Romney. Bobbie Kilberg, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Virginia Technology Council has raised more than $2.2 million for Romney. She says that “she’s profoundly proud to be identified as a person who raises money for Mitt Romney.” Kilberg brings in a lot of money when she decides to fundraise for Romney. As recently as June 29, she raised nearly $350,000 at an event in Northern Virginia. She also raised $356,000 at a gathering in her home which was followed by another fundraiser that collected more than $1.5 million.
And right after the Republican convention, hip hop Princess Nicki Minaj is heard on a Lil Wayne mixtape with a possible endorsement of Mitt Romney. As with her clothing, the lyrics are open to many possible interpretations. Some suggest it is clearly oblique diss, since she open talks about sexism in the music industry. So are the lyrics straight, or not?
“I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy b-tches is f-cking up the economy. Out in Miami I’ll be chillin’ with a zombie. Diablo, Alejandro…”
Singer Kelly Clarkson stirred up some controversy, but not for her support for Obama or Romney. Clarkson went on Twitter to express her support for Ron Paul by saying, “I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't.”
Many of her followers weren’t too impressed with this endorsement, and after she was berated by messages telling her of Paul’s alleged history of racism and homophobia, she didn’t waver and added, “I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.”
Roohi Sahajpal recently graduated with a degree in journalism from Ryerson University. Currently working as a social media manager, Roohi has been an online editor and fact checker for McClung's Magazine and an intern at the CBC.
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