There's been a lot of media buzz about Mitt Romney receiving two rather different Hollywood endorsements yesterday, from Dirty Harry star Clint Eastwood and retired porn actress Jenna Jameson
Eastwood joined Romney onstage at an LA fundraiser: "He's going to restore a decent tax system that we need badly so that there is a fairness and people are not pitted against one another of whose paying taxes and who isn't."
Jenna Jameson made her endorsement less formally, from a strip club in San Francisco: "I'm very looking forward to a Republican being back in office. When you're rich, you want a Republican in office."
Do celebrity endorsements help? That seems to depend on whether the celebrity is a good match for the brand they endorse. A study published in June found that celebrity endorsements help when they're a good fit. But when they're a bad match for the brand, it gets associated with the celebrity's negative traits.
On that basis, the Eastwood endorsement is good for Romney, since Clint's traits of gravitas, moral seriousness, and business acumen line up with positive aspects of Romney's image. But Jenna Jameson, not so much.
I wanna say I doubt it, but considering that people like Oprah can generate followings approaching cult status, combined with the wsy Americans are glued to TMZ, tabloids, and reality tv...it just might. These PARTICULAR celebrities, both of whom are no longer relavant except as minor blips on Hollywood radar? Definitely not.
didn't know that Bob, I'm surprised to hear her rabid fanbase would find any fault with her. This celebrity argument reminds me of a debate I had with one of my best friends after Ted Nugent made those remarks about assassinating Obama. The mistake everyone made is assuming that he's still relevant at all. He's a washed up celebrity who got in the spotlight again by saying outrageous things. If he REALLY was gonna do anything he wouldn't announce it, as it is he ensured that he and anyone he associates with will be watched for a good long time, but he still got to ACT tough.
isn,t eastwood a left winger,he supports the Brady bill,have to check on other things,jenna jamison,porn star,i don,t know,is that the best he can do.if John Wayne were around that would be an impressive endorsement.
I'm sure Ann doesn't care any more than Mitt does that Clint and Jenna decided to put their support behind a Mormon Republican. An actor who was mayor of a rich California town (Carmel) and a porn star are supporting the Mormon Republican. Let's see... rich actors and porn stars and porn movie producers... who do they usually support?... That's right. They overwhelmingly support the morally relative and morally corrupt democrat party. Michelle must be proud.
Well here's some history to support my last statement: Romney has criticized what he calls the "'cesspool' of obscenity known as pornography" however, in July 2007, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, the president of the American Family Foundation, and Daniel Weiss, media analyst for James Dobson's Focus on the Family said Romney had not prevented Marriott Hotels from making pornography available in its hotel rooms when he served on the hotel chain's board from 1992 to 2001. In an Associated Press interview, Romney said he was unaware of how much revenue the hotels generated from pornography, although he had served on the board's financial audit committee. Hmmmm? As longeth as the money cometh. Mormon on!
You have a point Fishbone, AND they may notice which side likes to decide what's best for all of us. I can't imagine a porn producer likes being told what s/he can eat and drink.
So I might be wrong VCP. In which case I have to conclude that there are only two sides to American politics. And as someone else on this story already said... That makes for a lot of strange bedfellows ;)
But Barry doesn't call Beelzebub bad, shake his hand and then take his money. Barry just sends him a text and ask him to contribute. And as the good American that he is ( when it's convenient) he sends a hot check out right away.
Only to the poorly informed who probably won't vote anyways. The day you let a Hollywood Bobble-head be your guide to important decisions, you've already lost something you are going to have a very hard time finding.
And lets face it. Americans are obsessed with celebrities. How many legitimate news sources now also have a celebrity section? There are so many parts of society that are inundated with celebs, its not even hard to point them out.
I live in Phoenix, AZ, where Jenna Jameson lives and has her adult business. In fact, I used to work with some of those actresses when I was in the Nightclub Industry (over a decade ago). Furthermore, I've had my picture taken with a nude, spread-legged Jenna, before she was big. The picture was $10.00 and it was on a Polaroid film! Point being, this woman will do anything for money so, her celebrity endorsement is nullified. Furthermore, her comment, "When you're rich, you want a Republican in office." exemplifies what is wrong with the Republican Party, in this day and age. Her films, well, they'll never be nullified and exemplify what is correct about that industry.
Clint Eastwood endorsing Mitt Romney isn't too far fetched. Clint has been a Republican for as long as he has been a stone cold SOB. In fact, if Clint Eastwood endorsed Obama, an eyebrow would lift and I'd be trying to figure out exactly what was wrong with that idea.
Do celebrity endorsements help? Yes, I believe they help with the people that value the celebrity or the celebrity's characters. Is this a good way to vote? Well, it may be as good as any for people that don't understand politics a lot of us do. Is it healthy? I don't believe so but, I don't do it and, I don't think that a majority of America does as well. Do I endorse a political candidate because a celebrity does? No, I have my own methods for choosing a candidate I will support.
The Democrats themselves could not have picked a better celebrity or written a better statement to sabotage Romney than his endorser, Jenna Jameson. Did she really think her presence or that ridiculous quote would help? She's either the most clever Democrat in the world or she's the stupidest Republican, and I sincerely doubt it's the former.
Why do the coolest celebrities endorse the worst candidates? First it was Schilling endorsing Bush to Boston, then it was Chuck Norris for McCain, and now it's Clint Eastwood for Romney. I'm losing faith in humanity.