What do Lindsay Lohan and Danny Glover Have in Common This Week?

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They've both publicly supported Brazilian candidates in our presidential elections. Lindsay Lohan tweeted this week she's supporting Aécio Neves. The tweet was an endorsement from Hollywood TV, and was deleted shortly afterwards, but some of my friends tweeted about this as well:

I must say this was my favorite of all the ones I've seen though:

Naomi Campbell was also involved in the same endorsement campaign as Lindsay Lohan, but we'll focus on Lindsay because she's easier to make fun of (and the fact both she and Aécio are rumoured to be cocaine users, just makes it more interesting overall).

As for Danny Glover, he's more of a Dilma fan:

Tom Morello, from Rage Against the Machine has also supported Dilma

With all of this, lists of other celebrities and who they're supporting, this time Brazilian, were published, and the big debate in all this is: Does it matter?

I think it does. And a lot. Aécio Neves' Facebook fan page is filled with celebrity endorsements in his posts - and for a reason! In the US the same thing happens where you'll see celebrities showing their support or even making donations to support certain candidates. In the UK, with the Scottish referendum, you had celebrities voicing their opinions as well!

What's interesting though with the foreign celebrities, is - these are people who have nothing to gain or lose with the Brazilian elections. The Brazilian artists publicizing their votes is one thing, and that'll certainly make a difference in the elections, considering some of these celebrities have a massive social media following, and a lot of young voters are certainly influenced by the media.

This means these elections are different than elections in the past - the rest of the world is worried about/concerned with/interested in Brazil like never before.

And with good reason. These elections have been much more exciting than the others I've experienced. Although my vote will still be a non-vote, it's been interesting to see my friends and family challenging each other to vote one way or the other, and watching or reading about the debates. Most people are still voting for whomever they're general social circle is voting for (which I would find to be the same in the US amongst those who I know vote there), but many others are consistent and correct in their rationale for their votes.

What's even better for me, I think, is seeing "normal people" supporting each candidate, and this having an influence.

Like these guys:

The results of the elections, #imho, won't really help or hinder Brazil significantly, but one thing's for certain, we're on the right path to gaining more information, and political education in this country. I hope this will only get better!

If you want to read more on Brazilian elections in a more thorough context, I suggest reading my friend Rachel's blog! Foreign Policy also has some good coverage if you're keen :-)

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