Not every celebrity should be your role model, but sometimes it’s helpful to look to their actions for inspiration. With the Presidential Election coming up, we thought it would be good to look to some celebs who are good citizens. Being a citizen isn’t just about having strong beliefs, it’s about getting involved in your communities and taking a part in shaping the world you best see fit. It isn’t always easy. Kelly Clarkson has had a tricky time trying to juggle her beliefs with politics.
Today she told The Daily Star, “I’ve been reading online about the debates and I’m probably going to vote for Obama again, even though I’m a Republican at heart. I can’t support Romney’s policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don’t think it’s fair they can’t get married. I’m not a hardcore feminist but we can’t be going back to the 50s.” That couldn’t have been an easy decision to make, but we commend her for taking a stance on something she felt strongly about even when it contradicted some of her other values!
Have A Sense Of HumorPolitics are serious, but having a sense of humor about it is just plain necessary. Politicians (All of them, Joe Biden!) say really . . .silly things. Don't be afraid to be like Selma Blair and point out when yours or another party's candidate is being ridiculous! FunnyorDie.com
Art Is Revolution!Getting into heated political debates isn't for everyone. Instead of arguing over dinner, use your art to convey your beliefs. Katy Perry wore this awesome ballot dress. You can write a song, paint a picture or wear an outfit to let people know what's on your mind. Credit: DJDM / WENN.com
Don't Be Afraid To Change Your MindKelly Clarkson has been an outspoken republican, she isn't afraid to change things up. She said “I’ve been reading online about the debates and I’m probably going to vote for Obama again, even though I’m a Republican at heart. I can’t support Romney’s policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don’t think it’s fair they can’t get married. I’m not a hardcore feminist but we can’t be going back to the 50s." Obama. Credit: Judy Eddy/WENN.com
Inspire OthersEva Longoria gave a great speech at the Democratic National Convention, but when there weren't as many cameras rolling she still took the time to inspire others by speaking to students at the University of Las Vegas. Speak to your classmates about politics, start a blog about your political beliefs, make your own political pamphlets. Inspire others to get involved. Credit: WENN.com
Make Politics Fun!Jay-Z and Beyonce threw a lavish fundraiser for Obama. You can do the same for the candidate you believe in. Politics can sound boring, but parties don't. Get your friends involved by inviting them over for a campaign party. Make election swag like buttons and shirts, fill out your voter registration cards, and watch the debates together. Credit: WENN.com
Be Outspoken, Even If Your Beliefs Are UnpopularExercising your freedom of speech is a right. When Stacey Dash announced she was voting for Mitt Romney there was a massive media backlash because she is a Black woman. Since when did being a Black women mean you weren't allowed to be conservative? People may not expect you to have certain beliefs, so what? Show them that you have a voice. Twitter
Just Don't Be Offensive About Your BeliefsAnn Coulter, a journalist who should know better, called Obama the "R" word. Not only is that offensive to those with learning disabilities, it isn't a productive or reasonable critique of the candidate you disagree with. It's OK to take the opposition, just make factual arguments instead of name-calling. Twitter.com
Give A Voice To Those Who Don't Have OneLady Gaga stood up for the LGBT community in the military by supporting the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. America has a turbulent history with discrimination from African Americans and women, to even the Irish at one point. We were wrong about that and we'll probably be wrong about some other things. Don't be afraid to stand up for groups of people who are being marginalized. Credit: WENN.com
Remember That You're A WomanThink of it this way, wherever you stand on reproductive rights doesn't matter when it is men who are talking about your body. It is men discussing what you, your mother, aunt, grandma, sister and friends ought to be doing with body parts that only females have. Stick up for women having a say in what happens to them. Lily Allen said it best, "Can small minded idiot blokes stop telling women whether or not they're entitled to abortions please?" You can decide where you stand, you don't need somebody else to tell you. Credit: Wenn.com
Take OfficeAngelina Jolie is the UN's Goodwill Ambassador. Check her out helping Syrian refugees in Turkey. The most effective way to make a difference isn't watching from the sidelines, it's actively playing a part on the field. If you really want to see the world change don't be afraid to make politics your career. Credit: Seskim / WENN.com
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