Celebs have everything a mere mortal can dream of: fame, money, love of the public, success… but apparently, modern celebrities are to be noticed on the political arena every now and then. What do they do it for? More money? Power? Appreciation? Or maybe it is all about popularity? Remember Madonna and her criticism of McCain’s political strategy? Or George Clooney who was the most devoted supporter of Barack Obama? Moreover, celebs’ political activity sometimes spreads far beyond criticism or support and they join the ranks of politics.
The most popular example that crosses the mind is Arnold Schwarzenegger. He serves as the Governor of California since 2003 and is probably a pioneer in celebrity politics. Another popular actor Val Kilmer decided to follow Arny’s example and ran for the New Mexico governorship. Precisely, he was proposed to hold Governor’s office by the current Governor.
Even fashion industry that seems to be such an unsuitable field for political debates got involved into the race. Thus, Paris Fashion Week fashion designer JC de Castelbajac presented a collection that imitated US President candidates’ outlooks. Another fashion designer Zac Posen used to publish an online appeal for wearing blue in order to support Obama.
Porn industry and Italian politics has literally become synonymic in the recent years. 30-year-old Federica Zarri is known as a politician and a successful porn actress. Her filmography includes 40 movies of adult content, but this fact doesn’t embarrass her at all.
Just a couple of other examples:
Clint Eastwood has become a Mayor of the town of Carmel in 1986;
Sonny Bono, a former front man of Sonny & Cher band used to be a Mayor of Palm Springs and a member of Congress;
Popular actor Fred Grandy became a member of the US House Of Representatives from the state of Iowa.
Sad to say, but very often celebrity politicians struggle for their own spheres of interest. So, is political arena gradually turning into another fashion celebs party?