In light of Wyclef Jean's possible run for Haitian presidency, a look at other potential celeb politicians
Haiti native and former Fugee Wyclef Jean is seriously considering running for president of Haiti in that country's November election, according to numerous news reports. Although the singer and activist hasn't officially confirmed his plans, already Celebritology has one piece of advice for Jean: Don't make "Gone Till November" your official campaign theme.
Jean's possible run has sparked thoughts about other celebrities whom we also wouldn't be surprised to see pursuing political leadership roles.
We know all the usual rich-and-famous suspects who would make natural candidates for president, senator or governor: your Bonos, your Clooneys, your Brangelinas and Oprah Winfreys. But here are five other celebrities who could easily channel their star power and commitment to civic causes into successful runs for office.
The frontman for Green Day is clearly a political guy, one who has done work for Habitat for Humanity, campaigned for Barack Obama and made a career out of making social statements through post-punk pop. He's also a California native, so perhaps he'd be a logical person to pursue state office and help clean up its very messy economy? Another plus: He's already written his campaign slogan: "I don't want to be an American idiot."
Here's a guy who has founded humanitarian organizations like the H20 Africa Foundation, become an ambassador for OnexOne and boasts a blazing smile that demands diplomacy. He also attended Harvard University (smart and elite) but dropped out before graduating (can relate to the common man). And, in addition to all that, he's Jason Bourne. You're telling me he couldn't be elected president?
The Boone bias of this Celebritologist has been well documented. Somerhalder's hotness aside, the actor and Louisiana native has demonstrated real dedication to the cleanup of the Gulf Coast to a degree that virtually no other celebrity has. If his outrage about the BP oil spill and his commitment to helping repair the damage are any indication, he could make a heck of a congressional representative for the great state of Louisiana.
The knockout actress is another example of someone who has dedicated much of her time to humanitarian causes, particularly women's issues. Most notably, she ignited controversy last year when she breastfed a Sierra Leone infant whose mother could not produce milk. Clearly Hayek -- a nominee for VH1's Do Something Movie Star Award -- isn't afraid to give of herself in the most literal way. If Jean actually runs for president of Haiti, maybe Hayek could follow in his footsteps someday and seek the highest office of her native country: Mexico.
This talented singer and actress is a Philly girl who has remembered her roots by establishing the Blues Babe Foundation, a charity that helps young people in the Philadelphia, Camden, N.J. and Delaware Valley areas find the finances to complete their college degrees. As her recent Essence essay on interracial dating demonstrated, she's a woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind. As a civic leader in Pennsylvania, or even beyond, she strikes me as a lady whom people would listen to.
| July 28, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Political Statement | Tags: Celebrity Causes
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