As Election Day continues and the results of this neck to neck Presidential election loom closer, social media has been flooded with “I Voted” highlights. People all over the nation are proudly showing off their “I Voted” stickers and posting pictures at the in person polls or of their mailed ballots. People are eager to make their voices heard and have a say.
It is for these same reasons that celebrities are using their platform and their influence to remind their audience to go out and vote. Katy Perry, for one, took the en masse trending “I Voted” sticker to a whole new level, as she went out on the streets of Los Angeles dressed up in an entire “I Voted” sticker costume. Her creative take on the message went viral as she yelled at passerby and drivers to go out and vote and reminded them of the importance of using their freedoms. She even posted pictures of it on Instagram, through which her voting related hashtags #VOTENOW #BRINGAFRIEND #BRINGASNACK #TAKEYOURBIKE #buthonkifyoualreadyvoted, gained widespread attention. That’s an iconic use of freedom of expression to remember forever.
Another musician who similarly used her voice to share an important message was Lizzo. The singer has been a figurehead of modern day black female empowerment, and now has been the prime time for her to remind listeners of the value of advocacy and making change. Previously at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, Lizzo donned a fashionable dress that had the word “vote” written all over it, and just yesterday she posted a picture on Instagram in an open outfit being covered in the American flag, accompanied by a deep caption of what voting means to her and how the current political climate has impacted her.