Where are they now? Where are Lady Gaga, Amy Poehler, Nina Dobrev, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Pearl Jam, Lance Bass, John Legend, Alyssa Milano, and Kerry Washington?
No, they have not disappeared from the celebrity radar (perish the thought!) — just from the line of Obamacare enthusiasts that formed in back of the president from the minute he announced his plan to nationalize health care.
Fox News reports that these and other former backers of Obama’s signature legislative “achievement” have taken a powder. The ranks began thinning out soon after the Oct. 1 rollout and have grown increasingly sparse ever since.
Fox’s Hollie McKay writes:
One well-placed Hollywood agent told FOX411 that while Obama and ObamaCare are separate issues, and that you can support one without the other, public relations teams across the industry are cautioning their clients to now lay off the latter. Even Oprah Winfrey, one of the President’s most influential mouthpieces during his first election, reportedly refused to get on-board and lend a hand.
‘Hollywood has gone from pushing #getcovered to heading for cover,’ Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center told FOX411. ‘Stars like Lady Gaga and Sarah Silverman pushed their ObamaCare propaganda to more than 67 million fans on social media. But don’t expect them to be honest about the situation.’
Georgia attorney Patrick Millsaps, who served as chief of staff in Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential bid and manages several Hollywood names, said celebrities, like most public figures, know when to fold up their tents.
Well, not all of them:
Scarlett Johansson … has lent her voice to a Planned Parenthood message that’s played when calls are placed to some of their health centers. ‘Did you know you may be able to enroll in new, more affordable health insurance plans?’ Johansson asks before directing callers to a Planned Parenthood section on the new Affordable Care Act website.
As McKay notes, whether callers can get through to that web address is another story.