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Watch Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation" get-out-the-vote PSA, featuring Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, Hole’s Patty Schemel and Melissa Auf der Maur, and many more.

Irony: many of the celebs who appear in Rock the Vote ad didn't vote in the last midterm election

Sigh.  This is so…very…typical. 

from WaPo:

Celebrities are less likely to vote in midterm elections, just like us!

Rock The Vote released a public service announcement last month with a parody of Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” that featured public figures who explained why they planned to vote in the midterm elections, but according to public records, a number of them didn’t vote in the last midterm election.

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.

Rock The Vote makes sure its spokespeople are registered, but does not confirm whether they have voted in past elections.

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Here’s my big problem with ads like this.  They’re trying to galvanize low-information voters and get them to the polls, but uninformed voters are actually harmful to democracy.  Their votes effectively cancel out the votes of those who took the time to educate themselves about the candidates and their policy platforms.

This isn’t about voter suppression or taking away anybody’s voting rights.  I’m saying that trolling for uninformed voters by using internet memes and celebrities shows you that liberal Democrats don’t care about issues or healthy government. They care about power, and they’re willing to take advantage of uninformed, uneducated voters to get it.

If you haven’t done your homework, don’t know the issues, and don’t know your chosen candidate’s policies, it’s probably best that you don’t vote.  Seriously.  If it took an internet meme or a celebrity ad to get you motivated, please don’t vote.