October 14th, 2008
08:31 AM ET
12 years ago

'Gossip Girl' stars weigh in on presidential race

Actors from the show Gossip Girl are staring in a new anti-McCain ad

Actors from the show Gossip Girl are staring in a new anti-McCain ad

(CNN) - The well-heeled Gossip Girl universe so far seems to have been unaccountably untouched by the financial crisis or the campaign, but stars Blake Lively and Penn Badgley are wading into real-world politics in a new pro-Obama television ad.

Watch: "Gossip Girl" actors star in new anti-McCain ad

The 30-second spot – a fake public service announcement warning parents of the dangers of voting for the Republican ticket – is part of MoveOn's Youth Vote program. It was directed by Doug Liman, the director of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

The ad’s creators are making a youth-targeted buy, running the spot during Gossip Girl on the CW network, and on MTV and Comedy Central.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. C


    October 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Tony

    Thank God celebrities are here to tell me how I should vote. I wouldn't know what to do without them! I'm incapable of thinking for myself, but they're on television and in movies so I should listen to them. In fact, they're so smart that most of them didn't even need to go to college so they skipped it altogether and waited tables in Hollywood until someone noticed them.

    October 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Doug

    Sponsored by Moveon.org, wow, shocking.......You mean Soros, the Hollywood left, and the media dont support McCain? Really, I just dont know what to say.........Sounds like the recipe for Socialism. The sponsor, Soros, the blind, Hollywood, and the Accomplices, the media.

    Look out country, here they come.

    October 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Barbara G

    Who told these celebities that what think matters, no one cares who they vote for. Back when Bush ran for president Alec Baldwin said he would leave the country if he won, well eight years later he is still here, stupid statements like that, who cares. Are they listening to the debates they will be paying more taxes under the Obama administration, but of course what they say and what they do is so different. McCain all the way.

    October 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. jennifer

    TAINOFPOWER get a grip on reality, will ya? If Obama wins it is because Americans voted for desperatly needed change. You idiots are always looking for an excuse. To shift the blame. Mccain has no-one to blame but himself for choosing Palin, and for running a dirty campaign full of LIES.

    October 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Accountant Guy

    Wow, and they say actors and actresses are stupid, at least they are smart enough to vote for Obama/Biden!!

    However, I like others would like to know why CNN is allowing Palin to lie and say that she was cleared of wrong doing, when other news outlet is stating the fact that she was found guilty of abusing her power and being unethical. She is a liar and a cheat!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. MV

    For everyone who is upset because the "celebrities" are endorsing Obama and it shows how "out of touch" Hollywood is – would you feel the same if they were endorsing McCain? So what if you don't agree with them on the candidates? Are you really going to boycott television shows that you enjoy because of the actors' personal political beliefs? If you don't agree with them – don't listen – that goes for anyone who's endorsing one candidate or another. We're ALL entitled to our opinions and nobody REALLY knows what's going to happen next January when the new President takes office.

    October 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    Why is it that when a star supports Obama the Republican party gets their panties in a knot? Superstars are citzens of the free nation, they have to pay taxes, they have family etc..

    I don't understand why the Republicans get mad at superstars who suport Obama.

    Get over it.

    October 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. meh

    And Heidi Montag is for McCain!

    None of these "celebrities" carry much weight.

    October 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Hope

    you bunch of idiots saying these gossip kids are not relevant think again. the ad is not for you. read a whole story then exercise your brain by thinking that the kids who watches the show love them and will follow them. that's why they put the ad in MTV, comedy central etc... clearly not on CNN and def not Fox noise. Target audience hello ?

    and why so against hollywood ? isn't Ronald Ragan one of the hollywood big name ?

    October 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. chuck

    It seems more and more people are for Obama, and less and less for the Maverick and his dimwit sidekick. Angry Republicans beware. The end is almost near. Pennsylvania, my home state, just announced record democrat voter registration. 30,000 new democrats registered, and republican registration is down. Who needs polls when you can see the Change first hand.

    October 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. NOBAMA

    New flash, Andy – YES, THERE ARE plenty of people idiot enough to vote for a candidate just because their favorite idiot celebrity does! Me, I would vote for the opposite of what this idiot kid recommends.
    Celebrities should keep their mouths shut and not try to tell people how to vote.

    October 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. That one is Karl Marxs friend too

    Chuck Norris- We should all be so lucky to have him on our side. Just ask him what it is like to be a conservative in a very liberal media. It is what it is. I think every Dem candidate has been backed by SAG. What's new about that??

    Let's keep worrying about spreading the wealth. That is the issue.
    A vote for Obama is a vote for socialism period. Check his record. Check his off the cuff statements. It is what it is..

    October 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Only cool if it's Raisin McCain

    Republican logic:
    Obama = celebrity
    Palin = cool hockey mom (despite boos in Philly)
    actors endorsing Obama = who cares
    never was country singers endorsing McShame = hee haw

    got it, thanks.

    October 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Tina

    Isn't it funny the right likes to complain about celebrities endorsing Obama. But its perfectly ok to have Hank WIlliams Jr. out there for McCain? Seems to me they just have an inferiority complex.

    October 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Jan

    I shudder to think that Obama will probably cut off foxnews if he is elected. We will no longer have an unbiased news station. With the likes of Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper–we may as well all move to communist China.

    October 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. David

    Just goes to show that Obama really is just a celebrity, nothing more, look at all his celebrity buddies crawling out of the woodwork for him.

    October 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. RD

    Too bad palin was a communications major.Watch college football one day and notice when they list the players' majors ... "Communications" ranks somewhere between "Sociology" and "Underwater Basket-Weaving" among the most popular fields of study. Then upon graduating from college, she worked as a sports reporter! So maybe Palin should be the one taking a course in comparative economic theories or comparative politics.

    October 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. JD in Moraga, CA

    They're paid to be pretty, not relevant...they should stick to that.

    October 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. lil

    We have to remember the our kids inherit the world we leave behind.
    Drill baby drill will leave a lot of empty holes behind in our quest for more oil.
    Our generation should have a vote in these decisions as well.

    October 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. moron

    alan you're a moron mccain smoked as well, pretty much everyone did

    October 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Cindy from NC

    Well, the sad part, is our children like these actor/singers etc... So I don't have a problem with them telling these kids to get involved in the political process because it is their country as well.

    I will never knock anyone for getting these kids motivated in the process. It has to start somewhere.

    October 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Nicole H.

    Sorry JIm, G.W. Bush and the Republican led congress for the six years they had controll have already destroyed this country. I just hope Obama/Biden and the now Democratic led congress can fix it. I know there are some good republicans in congress as well, so hopefully they will all find common ground and work together to get us out of this mess.

    October 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. wdunlap

    You people make me sick. hollywood is disgusting depraved ignorant people that have neve even graduated from high school. I hate you pigs.

    October 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Ambiv

    Their timing is interesting i.e. making a very hip ad for a very hip candidate near then end of the campaign when the hip guy seems to be winning.

    Also, while I like the sentiment of "anything to get the young people involved", let me remind those of us with older children, would you invite your 18 year old in to discuss your next home purchase, interest rates, or retirement investments? Would you trush your 19 year old college son or daughter to pick out your next vehicle? Sooooo . . . why are we so fervent about getting our young people heavily involved indeciding who our leader should be?

    October 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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