One rapper rhymes: “Democracy is fragile; if you take it for granted, Digga, that will take its toll. ”2021 is a special election year. Celebrities get involved more – and differently than usual.
Berlin – In the election year 2021, the people seem more divided than seldom if you take the distribution of the parties in the polls as a mood. Many celebrities are calling to vote on September 26th.
Some are politically specific – and not just the usual suspects like singer and SPD veteran Roland Kaiser, FDP fan Wigald Boning, Union supporters Leslie Mandoki and Uschi Glas or Greens supporter Igor Levit, but also celebrities like him Best-selling author Frank Schätzing, the actresses Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Nora Tschirner, Corinna Harfouch and Katharina Thalbach as well as ex-boxing star Vitali Klitschko, who is now mayor of Kiev.
“You decide who should sit on the throne. Go to vote! “, Says the actress Sibel Kekilli in a video published by the Federal President. With the formulation of the throne, she alludes to her role in the series “Game of Thrones”. The clip also shows the soccer star Toni Kroos and Lukas Rieger. The 22-year-old singer appeals primarily to young people. The video closes with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier himself: “It’s about so much – it’s about the future of our country. Every vote counts!”
As in this clip, celebrities keep calling to vote. The Cologne rapper Eko Fresh says: “Get up, go out, put your cross!” And raps in his YouTube video: “Democracy is fragile; do you take them for granted, Digga, that will take revenge. “
Actor Peter Lohmeyer, the band Culcha Candela and Smudo from the Fantastischen Vier are involved in the association “Laut gegen Nazis”. The organization ONE, which works for the end of extreme poverty and preventable diseases, let Annette Frier play the personified conscience of the Green candidate Annalena Baerbock, Michael Mittermeier that of the Union candidate Armin Laschet and Carolin Kebekus that of SPD candidate Olaf Scholz.
Speaking of Scholz: Roland Kaiser is back on the job for the Social Democrats and said in a video: “And I would like the SPD and Olaf Scholz to redeem the things that they promised the voters beforehand.” Natalia Wörner, the partner of Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, also works for the Social Democrats.
Meanwhile, Sophia Thomalla or the former professional boxer Vitali Klitschko, who clapped for the Chancellor candidate Laschet during an election campaign of the Junge Union (JU) in Hanover, are already campaigning for the Union and Laschet.
According to the cliché that culture and media professionals like to get involved in green, Baerbock and her party actually have a particularly large number of advocates: celebrities around the musician Bela B (The Doctors) made a recommendation for election. More than 30 artists signed the appeal, including actors Steffi Kühnert and Milan Peschel, bestselling author Frank Schätzing, director Leander Haußmann, BAP musician Wolfgang Niedecken, musician Judith Holofernes (We are Heroes) and musician and author Sven Regener ( Element of Crime, “Herr Lehmann”).
The actress Nora Tschirner or the musician Henning May from the band AnnenMayKantereit, who composed a song for Baerbock, could also be seen at election campaign events of the Greens. TV faces like Jasna Fritzi Bauer and Jochen Schropp also known each other online. The four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has also announced in “Spiegel” that he will vote green.
With the alternative for Germany, says a spokesman, there are no testimonials (celebrity recommendations) because supporters and officials are “stigmatized” and “attacked or economically damaged”. It is easy to understand that no celebrity wants that.
At the state level in Berlin, a call for elections for the Left and its top candidate Klaus Lederer supported actors such as Corinna Harfouch, Katharina Thalbach, Sophie Rois, Alexander Scheer, Fabian Hinrichs, Walther Plate, Robert Stadlober and Martin Wuttke as well as the painter Norbert Bisky and the writer Sibylle Berg .
In the federal election, there are also celebrities who express their doubts about the candidates of the major parties. When asked which of Laschet, Scholz and Baerbock they would like to have next at the helm, the three musicians of the band Silly answered: “None of the three.” that celebrities advertise parties: “Artists are not good advertising, neither for God nor for anything else. They are all egoists. That’s why I wouldn’t take my mouth so full. “
The writer Juli Zeh (“Unterleuten”), who joined the SPD in 2017, says she is “unfortunately quite unhappy with all parties”. The “Augsburger Allgemeine” said the 47-year-old: “The election campaign seems to me to go far past the problem areas.” At the moment, the so-called class struggle – that is, the arguing between different groups for a fair balance – is being replaced by a kind of cultural struggle. A lot is about “what one should think, how one should talk, how one should live”. But the latter is not politics in the narrower sense. “The social question doesn’t go away by ignoring it. It remains. The risk that right-wing parties will discover this potential for themselves is very high. ”Dpa