Washington Post reporter Hunter Schwarz threw a major embarrassment at the liberal group Rock the Vote – just by checking the facts.
In just the latest demonstration of celebrity hypocrisy, a pile of the celebrities who appeared in their “Turn Out For What” PSA did not vote in the 2010 midterm elections.
At least five who appeared in the PSA — "Girls" actress Lena Dunham, comedian Whoopi Goldberg, "Orange is the New Black" actress Natasha Lyonne, "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" star E.J. Johnson, and actor Darren Criss — did not vote in the last midterm, records from Los Angeles County and New York City show.
The Washington Post was unable to locate voting records for six others who appeared in the PSA, including Lil Jon.
In our Rock the Vote column, we noted Lil Jon’s rap drones throughout the video: “My name is Lil Jon and I’m turning out for the legalization or marijuana.” HBO star Lena Dunham proclaims “My name is Lil Lena, and I’m turning out for reproductive rights.”
Rock the Vote tried to dig out of its hole by saying hey, these stars are supposed to vote this time:
"Rock The Vote's approach is forward-looking," said Audrey Gelman, a spokeswoman for the group, in an e-mail to The Washington Post. "The talent who participate in our campaigns are registered to vote and have pledged to turn out this Tuesday and in upcoming elections. We believe individuals who have missed opportunities to vote in the past should not be disqualified from committing to participate in the political process in the future, and helping spread a positive message of civic engagement."
Conservatives hope this trend of celebrity non-voting continues this year.