Ed West Ed West

Can Katy Perry stop Donald Trump?

Recall that eight years ago a number of actors brought out a video of unspeakable dreadfulness called I Pledge, calling on Americans to support Barack Obama’s election. Now the entertainment industry, always shy about supporting a fashionable cause, is back on the stump, this time rallying against Donald Trump.

During a new voting campaign – featuring Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Robert Downey Jr – the actor Mark Ruffalo promises to go naked in his next film. Ruffalo is a fairly good example of West’s Law (C), that the more talented an actor, the more idiotically left-wing the political views.

Now the singer Katy Perry has gone one better than Ruffalo, getting her clothes off ‘in an attempt to encourage people to head to the polls’. The Standard reports:

‘Perry, 31, ripped off her stars and stripes pyjamas as she made her way to a polling station in a Funny or Die and Rock the Vote skit. The short video shows the singer waking up on the morning of Election Day with unruly hair and heading to the polling station. “November 8th is Election Day and I’ve got some great news,” she says. “This year, you can look like s*** when you vote.’

Madonna has also joined in, saying she will be voting naked too.


I don’t know whether any of Katy Perry’s fans will be more inclined to vote because she has stripped off – I’m not sure how many can vote – but it will sure inspire Trump’s supporters.

One of the many interesting findings Jonathan Haidt has made in his study of political partisanship is that liberals are much worse at understanding their opponents than conservatives are. It might be that, as David Brooks has pointed out, conservatives are so surrounded by liberal ideas, they would be hard pressed not to understand them.

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