October 15, 2008

Hollywood Stars Spill the Beans on Who They’re Voting For!

The secret is out--Hollywood stars are taking sides in the Presidential race and they're not afraid to tell the world who they're voting for: Charlie Brown! Or Lucy! Or Snoopy, Linus or Sally!

Several dozen celebrities of the large and small screens have recently taped lighthearted online PSAs touting the new Peanuts website, www.peanutsrocksthevote.com, where visitors can vote for Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy or Sally for President. Then visitors can click through to www.rockthevote.com to view the PSAs and get up to speed on the real election.

Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Seth Green, Sharon Gless, Robert Morse of Mad Men, Virginia Madsen, The Daily Show's John Oliver, Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan, Ross the Intern from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, comedian Shelley Berman of Curb Your Enthusiasm, "Announcer Guy" Joel Godard of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, comedian Jeffrey Ross, co-host Sal Masekela from E!'s Daily 10 and Dirty Jobs star Mike Rowe are just a few of the celebrities who are taping the PSAs.

"You might be surprised to learn this about me, but I love to give my opinion," says Whoopi Goldberg. "So when it's time to give my opinion on the most important issue of all--who should be our President--I am all over it...I'm talking about the major, major election going on right now at peanutsrocksthevote.com."

Several stars made time to tape their PSAs between interviews on the red carpet at the Creative Arts Emmys or at the celebration of the 100th episode of The Dog Whisperer. In fact, Kathy Griffin and Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives) won Emmys just minutes after taping their Peanuts PSAs.

"I know who I'm voting for for President--Lucy!" says Griffin. "Who else could boss Congress around?"

Lucy proved to be popular with quite a few female stars, including actress Sharon Gless, who notes approvingly that Lucy "will be tough on...everything."

Snoopy is the candidate of choice, naturally, for Dog Whisperer star Cesar Millan, who proclaims the cartoon beagle "the second-coolest dog on the planet. The first is (Millan's dog) Daddy!" And, Millan adds, "We need a balanced pack leader."

Joosten, who took home an Emmy for her role as Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives, adds, "(Snoopy is) the philosopher of the bunch, the one who looks at life with reality, laying on his doghouse. If I had a doghouse, I'd probably lay on it, too."

Charlie Brown got the vote of actor/comedian Shelley Berman and Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton. "He may be wishy-washy, but he never gives up," says Lipton, who urged viewers to register to vote in the November 4 election. "You'll never, ever as long as you live, be faced with a more important choice."

Virginia Madsen, holding her dog Spike at the Dog Whisperer party, casts her vote for "Sally--because she'll give us school vacations permanently!"

Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, went for the "real man," Linus, "because real men believe in security blankets....So register to vote on November 4. And wash your blanket!"

Joel Godard, the "Announcer Guy" for Conan O'Brien, found it hard to choose among the candidates, since he has something in common with all of them--even Sally: "Pink is my favorite color, too," Godard says with his trademark grin.

Comedian Jeffrey Ross, the first celebrity to be voted off Dancing with the Stars this season, encourages visitors to www.peanutsrocksthevote.com to make "a thoughtful, informed, logical decision about which cartoon character you think would make the best President. Wow, as a comedian there are so many ways I could go with this... ."

Ross the Intern, of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno fame, finds himself having a hard time deciding between the five "green" candidates, who include Charlie Brown ("Obviously he's green, because who else could love that pathetic little Christmas tree?") and Lucy (whose psychiatric booth, at 5 cents per customer, "is seriously raking in the green").

And British Daily Show correspondent John Oliver is excited to be able to vote in an American election for a change. "You can vote for an actual dog," Oliver says. "How bad can that be?"

E! Daily 10 co-host Sal Masekela encourages citizens to register and vote through both a PSA and by participating in a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Christopher Ameruoso for the issue of In Touch Weekly magazine that hits the stands on October 31. Masekela posed with his Shar Pei/Staffordshire Terrier, Lola--who sported a "Snoopy for President" button on her collar.

Among the other celebrities who have participated in the Peanuts campaign--either by taping PSAs or being photographed wearing political Peanuts tees--are: Simon Pegg (How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, the new Star Trek film), Julie Benz (Dexter), Gregory Cruz (Saving Grace), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance?), Brendan Fehr (Samurai Girl), singer-actress JoJo, Stacy Keibler (Dancing With the Stars), actress Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), comedian Mark Malkoff (who made headlines by spending a week in an Ikea store), Vincent Martella (Everybody Hates Chris), Shane Sparks (America's Best Dance Crew) and Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of an American Teenager.)

News flash: Hollywood stars will work for Peanuts--when the cause is a good one. And www.peanutsrocksthevote.com is just that cause.