On the most discussed track from Lil Wayne’s facepalm-tastic new mixtape, Dedication 4, Nicki Minaj raps, “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy bitches is f*cking up the economy.” Whenever a celebrity — especially a top-40 pop star — supports a Republican or says something even slightly conservative, it’s always a huge news story, as we tend to think of musicians and HollyWEIRD types to be flaming heart liberals.
Additionally, the few actors, actresses and singers out there who do lean to the right are often nut jobs, like Ted Nugent. This is unfair for two reasons: 1) liberals are often nut jobs, too, and 2) there are plenty of under-the-radar conservatives on the radio who might vote for Romney this election who we don’t tend to think of as Republicans.
Here are 10 such examples.
Apparently we won’t be adding Beach Boys singer Bruce Johnston to list of celebrities that will be fundraising for President Obama. While taking a picture with a fan Johnston had plenty to say about Obama and the current state of the Republican party.Johnston refers to the President as a “socialist A-Hole.” The Beach Boys vocalist goes on to talk about the state of the Republican party and refers to the possible GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney by saying “our guy isn’t good,” and that “Regan and Tip O’ Neill are the last two good guys.”
Johnston then goes on to refer that if Obama does succeed in getting re-elected, “wait ’till he doesn’t have to try anymore, you’re f**ked.” (Via)
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is, among other things, a hippie icon. Long before he started touring, he was on the bill at Woodstock. One of his best-known songs, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” is an 18-minute ballad that confronted the Vietnam-era draft with dark humor.
So the reaction was mixed, to say the least, when Guthrie began acknowledging he had registered as a Republican around 2003 or ‘04. (Via)
And other current celebrities are coming out for the Republican primaries as well; rapper Prodigy has voiced support for Paul, as has actor Vince Vaughn (which The Office writer and cast member Mindy Kaling Tweeted “makes me like him more”), while Russell Crowe has been linked to Rick Perry. (Via)
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons endorsed Republican presidential primary candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday in an interview with Fox News, expressing regret over his endorsement of President Barack Obama in 2008.
When asked by host Gretchen Carlson who his pick was for president, Simmons responded, “Strictly speaking on the economy and in my humble opinion, Mitt Romney.”
Particularly impressed with Romney’s business experience, Simmons noted that he thought Romney had the best chance at fixing the nation’s economy. “America is a business and should be run by a businessman,” Simmons said. (Via)
Popper has said, “I was a bleeding-heart liberal, until I got a job” and describes himself as “a libertarian who is a Republican when pushed.” Popper summed up his political position by saying “I believe in freedom for markets and freedom for individuals, so I guess that makes me a libertarian.” (Via)
Republican rappers are far and few between, though 50 Cent has compared himself to George W. Bush and LL Cool J attended the 2004 Republican National Convention. (Via)
He would do anything for love — except vote for Obama. Cheesy ’70s rock icon Michael Lee Aday (better known as Meat Loaf), performing on this evening’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno, tells Esquire he’s been “banned from two TV shows” because of his political views. “USA Today has me listed as a Republican,” he says, agreeing that he’d heard shows don’t want Republicans, “But I didn’t really believe they’d do that.” (Via)
Stunningly charming pop star turned actress, Hilary Duff, is a registered Republican in her home state of Texas. (Via)
He was a rebel in a rebel’s world, though. Johnny Ramone was a fiercely Republican-voting, NRA-supporting musician in a milieu that is remarkable for its embrace of all things left.
Johnny went worldwide public with his partisanship in 2002, when the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the microphone to give props to the people who made it all possible, he offered his own version of a Michael Moore moment.
“God bless President Bush, and God bless America,” he said, clad in his trademark T-shirt, ripped blue jeans and leather jacket. (Via)
This is assuming his name will SOMEHOW appear on a ballot, even though he’s dead.