Leonardo DiCaprio and Other Celebs Urge Voter Expression: Should Youth Share Their Political Views on Social Media?

Fef 2012/10/01 17:00:00
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Public opinion opposed sharing your political views at work, according to a previous SodaHead poll. Celebs, however, want to encourage voters to express themselves on social media. Celebs including Zac Efron, Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres, Jonah Hill, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Edward Norton, Sarah Silverman, Benicio Del Toro and Amanda Seyfried have participated in public service announcements like "Vote 4 Stuff."

"This is one of the most important elections of our lifetime," said DiCaprio, whose production company, Appian Way, is a sponsor of Vote 4 Stuff. "We are using the power of social media throughout the Vote 4 Stuff campaign to incite bipartisan conversation around real issues, encourage registration and voting in November."

Should celebs encourage the public to express their political views publicly on social media? How much does this differ from talking about politics at work? Should people talk about politics at school? Separately, does "Vote 4 Stuff" sound like an American value?
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  • FanOreilly 2012/10/01 18:31:02
    We don't need more uninformed and ignorant voters.

    There are too many Democrats in office as it is.

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  • kguthrie 2012/11/18 21:14:31 (edited)
    I think there are too many who vote for a candidate because it's the "popular" thing to do. Celebrities endorcing or publicly stating their opinion about a candidate, whether it's good or bad, doesnt encourage voters to find out the facts themselves. There are a lot of unintelligent people who will vote for someone just because that's what their favorite celebrity is doing
  • Riku Xander 2012/11/14 15:33:02
    Riku Xander
    It's about youth engagement... If they get started now, perhaps they will be able to be informed voters when they are old enough to vote. People who are old enough to vote... Well, I really don'rt care.
  • Dave 007 2012/10/07 11:39:19
    Dave 007
    Celebs and the Youth of today. Neither are too bright. And anybody with half a brain would never listen to them.
  • SheShe 2012/10/04 19:57:56
    I voted no because "youth " wasn't defined. A youth is generally someone under the age of 21 or one that is not mature in the thinking process because of inexperience of life situations.Quite frankly , I really don't know of any "youth" in all my years of teaching that can comprehend this vast scope of the actual true responsibility and magnitude of a vote. Yes , they might vote on an issue that may or may not affect them ....but is it a "feel good" vote? ( Usually)....How does that one issue affect the whole of the population? If you don't know , educate yourself putting down the pros and cons of issues or candidates and its overall effect on everyone. Put the good of all first. If you find you don't have the time to do this ...then you are doing an injustice to yourself, society and our nation. . Don't vote just to be voting. That's just plain immature and stupid.
  • granny 2012/10/04 19:53:54
    sure why not? I got an email the other day & it was Howard Sterns people asking grown ups questions about the candidates & I was in shock with the answers...they didnt know who our vice pres was, they didnt know that odumba wasnt mormon, they didnt know just about any of the questions asked...dont believe me Im sure you can hear it on his website...people are just ignorant when it comes to the candidates becuz they dont really care to see just who would be the better person to take office!!! sad sad world!!!
  • Derbyhat 2012/10/04 17:15:53
    As long as their views are theirs and not mindless, idol worship. But we don't need the capitalist system trashed by those who make their millions from the same system. If we didn't have capitalism, these stars would be driving trucks, taking in laundry and doing litle theater on the side at less than 10% of their current net worth!
  • Aksana 2012/10/04 14:26:45
  • QTKaulitz 2012/10/04 12:18:32
    we have a voice too
  • ★Calliope★ 2012/10/04 04:14:27
    Who cares?

    The dead heads will always blindly follow these intellectually numb folks. The folks that look to silly-assed celebs to validate their superficial existence - will always be sallow and challenged.
  • Lucy 2012/10/04 03:34:26
    It causes the loss of friendships and stress to express too much. religion and politics should be saved to talk about to like people.
  • Dydy 2012/10/04 03:28:47
    Not even teen is ignorant, no one's voice should be suppressed when giving their opinion, it's just an opinion, it's not gonna kill u, -_-"
  • truthzx95 2012/10/04 03:03:29
    hollywierd idiots like "leo" play make believe for a living and get paid obscene amounts of money to do so. who gives a flying frogs fat fuzzy phuckin a$$ what they think!
  • Catita 2012/10/04 01:55:59
    "youth" we are talking about the 18 years old that are register to vote aren't we?
    I had to pick one, it is neither. it would have been "other" leave a comment.
    we are paying for their mistake right now. obamination was elected for these voters.
  • Patriot Lady 2012/10/04 01:30:05
    Patriot Lady
    Most young people are liberal/Democrat because they have no life experience and are parroting what they hear from the college professors. Most people become Republican/Independent/more conservative after getting some life experience and seeing how things really are....around age 28 to 30 yrs. I hate to see young people get bashed over anything because they don't go along with the crowd or think like all the other lemmings. It's no one else's business what your political beliefs are. Just be true to them, get smart, and do what's right always. You'll never regret it.
  • P. Sturm 2012/10/03 23:56:03
    P. Sturm
    Why shouldn't they? Everybody else does.
  • phiL 2012/10/03 21:24:45
    they should but it doent matter who the next president is if u look at history all if our leaders have made things worse the government doesnt about its citizens but only funding their campaign
  • Cleaver62 2012/10/03 20:27:56
    There is nothing wrong with expressing your opinion about politics or anything else. It is nice to see people getting informed and getting involved.
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/10/03 16:39:18
    t.eliot, topbard
    Why the heck not? If they are engaging in the process, that's good for all of us.
  • Brooke 2012/10/03 16:11:47
    I know my views are mine who else should know
  • tom C 2012/10/03 15:48:41
    tom  C
    kids are for the most part ...very ignorant on the issues.....the real issues...
    and tend to vote for Government freebies....when knowelegable voters realize...
    that nothing is free and will have to be paid for through your taxes....
  • Jackie 2012/10/03 15:36:33
    Why not? Everyone else does!
  • Sephiroth 2012/10/03 15:24:40
    Forsure They Should Political Views Can Go Anywhere From Youth To Adult To Senior...... Basing Off Of An Opinion Website I Highly Think Everybody Should Have A Political View Without It You'd Be Lost.
  • charles nelson 2012/10/03 14:29:29
    charles nelson
    Friends, Family and Social Media and watch the MSM.
  • vinone 2012/10/03 14:26:15
    That's the point, to try and get you opinion out there and try and inform others what you believe in hoping they'll believe in it too. Now that doesn't mean you have to, it's your personal choice, but if we really want a change people will need to stand up for what they believe in and try and inform others.
  • s2k 2012/10/03 13:23:54
    Freedom of speech but so many youth are uninformed or follow blindly the rhetoric spewed from these celebrities, few of whom understand the real world
  • CAPISCE 2012/10/03 12:48:29
    Yes, allow the ignorance to be displayed.
    "I'm fer Obama, he's like cool"
  • Eccles 2012/10/03 12:34:23
    Then made to eat their hats when the idiot they rooted for turns out to be useless like the last time.
  • ivegotloveinmypants 2012/10/03 12:28:21
    DiCaprio is one fo the few celebrities that actually speak some kind of discernable sense.
  • Charles Braley 2012/10/03 11:43:59
    Charles Braley
    As long as they do it - intelligently.
  • jerry.alan.carroll 2012/10/03 06:53:37
    they are the voters of the future
  • s2k jerry.a... 2012/10/03 13:24:46
    Scary thought
  • jerry.a... s2k 2012/10/03 13:54:27
  • Jeff 2012/10/03 05:31:12 (edited)
    They say politics, sex, and religion are the three worst subjects in conservations so youths need to have every opportunity to expess their political views.
  • NightRyder 2012/10/03 05:13:07
    If they understand and know the Founding father's warnings.

    “The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and ... breaks up the foundations of society.”—Thomas Jefferson

    “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” - Thomas Jefferson

    “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their government.”....George Washington

    "The several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government" -- Thomas Jefferson
  • nicesteve 2012/10/03 04:10:21
    I'm for anything that encourages our youth to register and vote as soon as they reach the
    legal voting age. Political appathy and voter appathy may not be solely accountable for
    putting our nation in the doldrums, however they've both sure contributed their fair share
    to this living nightmare that the US and the world are both having to go through.
  • k fleming nicesteve 2012/10/04 01:36:05
    k fleming
    Yeah, but getting people who are apathetic to vote isn't going to fix anything.
    The catchphrase should be "KNOW the vote!" rather than get out the vote.
  • staffonmodels 2012/10/03 03:40:44
    Having the right and having the knowledge are 2 opposing powerful extremes. One knows why they think as they do and the other only feels and lets others do their thinking. How can you gauge provocative thought versus following a celebrity who is also a follower? And, how can you stop it or change it?
  • Minarchist 2012/10/03 03:37:03
    Even as hollywood won't like what I have to say
  • Bilingual required sucks 2012/10/03 03:36:12
    Bilingual required sucks
    Of course.....we must expose the incompetence of the Republicans everywhere we can as as often as we can.
  • Fef 2012/10/03 03:13:32
    so we adults can correct them.
    obama kid
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