Through millionaire donations and social media campaigns, important Hollywood film directors, producers, and actors got involved in California’s political fight to prevent the current Democratic governor Gavin Newsom’s recall on Sept. 14.
Gavin Newsom, the current Democratic governor, could be recalled on Sept. 14 in a special election in which a majority of voters can choose to recall the incumbent governor. They then must select his replacement from a list of candidates.
The recall resulted from a campaign by a group of Californians who collected more than 1.5 million signatures calling for the governor’s ousting for poor political performance.
Last August 12, famous producers and directors from the film world held a fundraising event to help Governor Gavin Newsom fight the impeachment campaign against him.
The event, according to Deadline, raised more than $1 million, and among the most recognizable personalities who participated were directors and producers Rob Reiner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Casey Wasserman.
According to Breitbart, Newsom’s campaign has already received substantial donations from major figures not only in California but from those who support Democrats.
Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings donated $3 million to Newsom’s campaign. George Soros reports donating $250,000, Priscilla Chan, Mark Zuckerberg’s wife, donated $750,000, Stewart and Lynda Resnick, the couple behind the Fiji Water and POM Wonderful brands, have given $250,000.
Social media campaigns
Famous Hollywood actors and actresses also joined forces to lend their support to Newsom by using their Twitter accounts to ask their followers to vote ‘no’ when they receive the mail-in ballot.
Star Trek actor George Takei retweeted a news item stating that if Republicans win the recall, they will vacate mandatory vaccinations.
Mark Hamill, the actor who played Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker, retweeted a video of a woman claiming that the “QAnon crazies are trying to take over California.”
Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood asked his followers to make sure California stays “blue'”(Democrat).
Mark Ruffalo, who played the Hulk in the Avengers, but lives in New York, blamed “Trump allies” for impeachment.
A Republican effort
A former CEO of Walt Disney and one of Newsom’s donors, Jeffrey Katzenberg, said, “This recall effort is a Republican-led sham. I’m glad Hollywood is stepping up to raise money to defeat this nonsense.
However, a CNN report indicates that even Democratic voters disapprove of Newsom’s management.
In her report, the CNN news anchor talking to Democratic voters lists the reasons why they too would vote to recall Newsom:
Wildfires, drought, crime, cost of living, but the most serious problem is people living on the streets, which has increased with the pandemic and now reaches into middle-class neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
An early August poll claims that 51% of California voters are willing to recall Newsom. Even a majority of Hispanic voters who normally vote Democrat would vote for the governor to go.