Celebrities often get involved in 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 US Supreme Court ruled Friday. It didn’t just spark anger in the United States; people around the world are angry. At the British Glastonbury festival, 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.
Reality star, model and lawyer: Kim Kardashian hopes to add the latter to her resume someday. She has been studying law for several years and is now doing an internship at a law firm. In that capacity, she has already made a difference for various prisoners who, as far as she is concerned, deserved to be released earlier, because they were not tried fairly because of their skin color, among other things. Of course she did not do this alone, but her part in several cases has been significant.
Kardashian, for example, stood up for Momolu Stewart, a man who was convicted of murder at the age of 16. Stewart was tried as an adult and spent 23 years in prison. Together with Kardashian and the team she worked with, he requested early release and received it, partly due to a personal letter that the reality star wrote about him.
Kim Kardashian with Momolu Stewart. Photo: Instagram/Momolu Stewart
If you’re 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 1970s, Fonda has been committed to all kinds of political causes that she considers important. At the time, she embarked on a tour to speak out against the Vietnam War and was arrested when she left Canada after a speech and re-entered the United States.
“They discovered envelopes in my bag with the letters B, L and D on them. That stood for breakfast (breakfast), lunch and dinner (dinner) and contain my daily vitamins. But I was arrested for drug smuggling. I think they hoped this scandal would stop me from speaking in universities. The funny thing is, it worked against them: never less than 2,000 students came to the speeches I gave.”
Fonda in her first arrest in 1970 and in her most recent arrest in 2019.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been committed to climate change for decades. The actor was 24 years old when he started his own charity and started raising money to preserve and restore ecosystems where wildlife lives. The actor can now rightly be called a climate activist: he is on the board of the WWF and Oceans 5, among others, and annually speaks at various important conferences about the importance of restoring nature. He raises billions of euros a year with this.
Leonardo DiCaprio at a climate march in New York in 2014.
After the drama in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 21 people, including 19 children, Matthew McConaughey speaks out against the gun laws in the United States. The actor himself comes from the town and was moved by what happened at primary school. After visiting the families and talking to other relatives, he gives an emotional speech in the White House.
“We need to get people checked. We need a minimum age for buying an AR-15 rifle. That age should be 21. There should be time between buying and getting that gun. We need laws to help to warn people. These are reasonable, practical and tactical rules that our country, our states, our communities, our schools and homes need.”
Matthew McConaughey in early June, when he argued in the White House for stricter gun laws.