Celebrities are often committed to all kinds of political issues. This is how stars like Kim Kardashian, Matthew McConaughey and Jane Fonda use their fame.
The right to abortion is no longer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday. It didn’t just cause anger in the United States; people around the world are angry. At the British festival Glastonbury, several stars spoke out strongly against the decision. “I am devastated and terrified that so many women and so many girls will die because of this,” said singer Olivia Rodrigo.
Celebrities can reach millions of followers with one short Instagram post and that makes them influential. But they do more.
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Reality star, model and lawyer: Kim Kardashian hopes to be able to add the latter to her resume one day. She has been studying law for several years and is now doing an internship at a law firm. In that capacity, she has already managed to make a difference for various prisoners who, as far as she is concerned, deserved to be released earlier, because they were not fairly tried because of their skin color, among other things. Of course, she has not only done that, but her share has been significant in various cases.
For example, Kardashian committed herself to Momolu Stewart, a man who was convicted of murder at the age of sixteen. Stewart was tried as an adult and served 23 years in prison.
Together with Kardashian and the team she worked with, he applied for an early release and received it, partly due to a personal letter that the reality star wrote about him.
If you are talking about politically involved celebrities, then actress Jane Fonda should not be missing. Three years ago, the then 81-year-old actress was arrested five times in a few weeks during various climate demonstrations, which she organized herself.
Since the seventies, Fonda has been committed to all kinds of political causes that she considers important. At the time, she began a tour to speak out against the Vietnam War and was arrested when she left Canada after a speech and returned to the United States.
“They discovered envelopes in my bag with the letters B, L and D on it. That stood for breakfast (breakfast), lunch and dinner (dinner) and contained my daily vitamins. But I was arrested for smuggling drugs.
I think they were hoping that this scandal would keep me from speaking at universities. The funny thing is that it worked against them: never fewer than two thousand students came to the speeches I gave.”
Leonardo DiCaprio has been committed to the climate for decades. The actor was 24 years old when he started his own charity and started raising money for the preservation and restoration of ecosystems in which wildlife live.
Meanwhile, the actor can rightly be called a climate activist: he is on the board of, among others, the WWF and Oceans 5 and speaks annually at various important conferences about the importance of restoring nature. With this he collects billions of euros per year.
After the tragedy in Uvalde in Texas, in which 21 people were killed, including 19 children, Matthew McConaughey speaks out against the gun laws in the United States. The actor himself comes from the town and is touched by what happened in primary school.
After visiting the families and talking to other relatives, he gives an emotional speech in the White House.
“We have to check people. We need a minimum age for purchasing an AR-15 rifle. That age should go to 21 years. There must be time between the moment of purchase and getting that weapon.
We need laws that help warn people. These are reasonable, practical and tactical rules, which our country, our states, our communities, our schools and homes need.”
Celebrities: Kim Kardashian, Jane Fonda and Matthew McConaughey use their fame politically
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