By now, we’re used to Hollywood celebrities telling us how to think when it comes to politics. What we’re less used to is celebrities lecturing us as one of their more famous movie characters. However, Samuel L. Jackson is maybe trying to start that trend, putting a brand new spin on political advertising.From The Hill:
Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson is stumping for Democrat Jon Ossoff in next week’s Georgia House special election, with a new radio ad that references “Pulp Fiction.”The ad focuses on President Trump, urging voters to back a Democrat to be a check on Trump.
Jackson calls on voters to “channel the great vengeance and furious anger” they have for Trump — referencing Ezekiel 25:17, the Bible passage his “Pulp Fiction” character recites multiple times in the film.Unsurprisingly, Jackson is supporting a Democratic Party candidate in the special election. Hollywood has long been known as a bastion of liberal politics, and Jackson is no exception. Despite the tactics changing, you can always count on celebrities to favor the same old causes.
The special election is to fill the seat left by Tom Price, who joined the Trump administration as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Although Republicans have long ruled the district, Democrats see it as an opportunity to eat into the Republican House majority.
Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is trying to capitalize on a crowded Republican field and avoid a runoff. To do that, he would have to capture over 50% of the vote. The party remains confident in their chances, citing the close presidential race the district had in 2016.While Democrats have poured millions of dollars into the race, President Trump joined the fray to encourage Republicans to get out and vote for the GOP. As the April 18th election day looms, both sides have picked up the advertising intensity.
It remains to be seen whether or not Jackson’s star power is enough to boost Democrats to a stunning victory. However, one can’t help but note the irony of the radio spot. After all, who better to represent Democrats than a character who was a lifelong violent criminal? Creative? Sure. Wise? Probably not.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]