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Posts Tagged ‘Rock the Vote’

Former VJ Kennedy Says Young People Shouldn’t ‘Rock the Vote’

Kennedy MTVAnyone remember MTV? No, not the beleaguered reality show network of today…we mean the first music television video network.

For you young’uns out in the PRNewserverse, MTV had a gaggle of notable people known as “VJs” or video DJs. Cool, right? People like Kurt Loder, Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, and Alan Hunter recall the 80s in a way few things can. Following the original VJs, MTV tried to spruce up their look by hiring young Gen-Y folk like Bill Bellamy, Carson Daly, Daisy Fuentes, and some chick named Kennedy.

Today, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery is no longer commenting on the videos of yesteryear. She is on Fox Business Network co-hosting a show called “The Independents.” On that show, Kennedy drew a brain fart, forgot the days when she gave full-throated endorsements to “Rock the Vote“, and told viewers that young people should not vote when they don’t know the issues.

Bet she wants her MTV now.

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Dwight from ‘The Office’: Make Election Day a National Holiday

News of celebrities making entertaining, attention-grabbing pleas to the public (especially the younger demographic) to get out and vote is nothing new. Wh0 could forget previous star-backed campaigns like MTV’s Rock the Vote, P. Diddy‘s mildly threatening Vote or Die or Leonardo DiCaprio‘s “whatever, man” Vote 4 Stuff? Now, Rainn Wilson (that’s “Dwight” to fans of The Office), has offered his services to a campaign that isn’t striving to make voting cool (or pitch it as an alternative to death), but hopes to get more Americans to cast ballots by making the whole process into less of a “pain in the ass.”

How, you ask? By turning Election Day into a national holiday so that people who spend their days slaving away for, say, a paper company wouldn’t have to cram voting into an already-busy day packed with workplace priorities. In the clip, sponsored by SoulPancake and GOOD Magazine, Wilson plays a poll worker who turns away a prospective voter.

So what do you think, readers? A compelling argument, or just a funny ad? Would making Election Day a national holiday inspire the country to give this landscape-changing occasion the reverence it deserves, or would it just inspire people to crack a beer a bit earlier in the day? Would it help busy people get out and vote, or would it still leave many (like lower income workers who may not actually get the day off) behind? Lots to consider here, and we’d love to hear from you.