If there’s one thing we know for sure about this year’s presidential election, it’s that we can’t presume to know anything for sure. For weeks the polls have looked pretty solid for former Vice President Joe Biden, and although the pollsters have reportedly adjusted whatever crummy methodologies made their work so flawed in 2016, no one on the left seems remotely soothed by the state of things.
Among industry types, 2016 PTSD has led to a slew of last-minute and highly star-studded (virtual) fundraising efforts right up to Election Day. In recent weeks that’s included a Seinfeld reunion on October 23 that raised $600k for Texas Democrats, as well as Happy Days and Wet Hot American Summer script reads with original cast members (naturally, outspoken Trump supporter Scott Baio sat out the Happy Days event).
As Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain told the Hollywood Reporter, “We all went through the 2016 election where it seemed like we had an open and shut case, and it was far from it. And there’s this other obvious insane situation where we feel like if Biden wins, but not by much, then we’re opening ourselves up for some kind of bizarre misinformation civil war. The safest, best scenario would be that he wins by a lot, which is crazy to say.”
Other celebrities have been rallying people on a smaller scale; on Sunday, Billy on the Street star Billy Eichner took time to address a few hundred volunteers attending a Zoom orientation to make phone calls on behalf of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. On the same day, Marissa Tomei was spotted handing out Milk Bar cookies to voters at Dodger Stadium.
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The efforts are continuing right up to Election Day. Later this evening, at 6 p.m. PST on Monday, November 2, Mark Ruffalo, Amy Schumer, Orlando Bloom, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson, Kerry Washington, Dennis Quaid, and dozens of other stars are participating in Telethon for America, a nonpartisan get-out-the vote event hosted by the anticorruption nonprofit RepresentUs. And on Election Day, Broadway stars Seth Rudesky and James Wesley are hosting a ten-hour Vote-a-Thon, featuring Annette Bening, Vanessa Williams, Marcia Cross, and more.
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