NEW YORK-THEY were the most vocal of Hillary Clinton’s celebrity supporters, but on the morning after Trump triumphed at the polls, stars such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Madonna and others have to face the music.
With the election coming down to the wire over the past few days, the Democratic nominee had assembled a dream team of celebrities who backed her in a final push that included musical performances, live appearances and a flurry of social media posts.
On Wednesday, many of them returned to social media with a much different message. After some initial shock and sadness, some saw it as a reason to rise up, illustrated by Gaga’s impromptu late-night protest outside Trump Tower in New York.
Others, including Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and Jay Z have so far kept silent.
Gaga, known for hits like ‘Perfect Illusion’ and ‘Bad Romance’, tweeted: ‘Say a prayer America’ when she heard the result.
The late Wednesday, she pitched up outside Trump Tower in New York with a sign that read ‘Love trumps hate’.
“I want to live in a #CountryOfKindness #LoveTrumpsHate,” she wrote on Instagram. “He divided us so carelessly. Let’s take care now of each other.”
This comes after Gaga earlier challenged Trump and his wife Melania.
After Trump’s prospective First Lady used a recent speech to bemoan online bullying, Gaga accused her of hypocrisy. Tweeting at Melania, Gaga wrote: “To say you will stand for anti-bullying is hypocrisy. Your husband is one of the most notorious bullies we have ever witnessed.”
She then tweeted at Donald Trump, writing: “You divided us with hateful language and fear. I love everyone in this country and I vote for @HillaryClinton to unite us.”
Popular music was on Clinton’s side throughout the election.
There are, of course, vulnerabilities to be exploited anytime a popular artist allies with a politician — artists, after all, do not live their lives with quite the same preference for avoiding controversy and misunderstanding as politicians do.
Donald Trump spent the last few days of his campaign nonsensically railing against Jay Z and Beyoncé’s language as if they were running for president or had said anything as creepy as “grab her by the pussy”.
That sort of attention means that artists themselves obviously have to calculate whether involving themselves in the election is in their interests, too. Taylor Swift, for example, remained conspicuously silent this campaign — although whether out of genuine disinterest or the desire not to ruffle portions of her fan base or simply out of antipathy for the Clinton ally Katy Perry was unclear.
And in 2012, Springsteen explained to The New Yorker’s David Remnick why he did not plan on campaigning for Obama’s re-election as vigorously as he had his 2008 election: “It seemed like if I was ever going to spend whatever small political capital I had, that was the moment to do so. But that capital diminishes the more often you do it. While I’m not saying never … it’s something I didn’t do for a long time, and I don’t have plans to be out there every time.”
That quote was published in July of 2012. By October, Obama’s lead against Romney had diminished and Springsteen was back in the fray, playing multiple swing-state shows for the president. If he considered his political capital overdrawn then, it is easy to imagine why he would be yet-more-reluctant four years later, which perhaps explains why he played one sole show for Clinton.
But as Clinton’s defeat to Trump proves, star power alone might not be enough to get a candidate across the line. – Reuters