Hollywood and politics seem to go hand in hand these days. With hoards of Tinseltown's biggest names thrusting their clout behind President Barack Obama, sometimes it is easy to forget that Hollywood does have Republican supporters, and some notable stars may very likely vote for Mitt Romney come November.
The most recent superstar to make headlines for her presumed Republican support is none other than Nicki Minaj. The Harajuku Barbie recently caused a stir after the release of Lil Wayne's "Mercy," in which she raps: "I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney / You lazy b----es is f---ing up the economy."
Though the singer has neither confirmed nor denied her intention to vote for Romney, Minaj's words caused a media frenzy, with people questioning whether she was sincere, or whether the lyrics were just one of her alter-ego Roman's jokes.
Even if Minaj isn't backing Romney, Republican Hollywood exists, and it consists of more than just Ted Nugent and Clint Eastwood.
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"Whenever a celebrity -- especially a top-40 pop star -- supports a Republican or says something even slightly conservative, it's always a huge news story, as we tend to think of musicians and HollyWEIRD types to be flaming heart liberals," writes Uproxx's Josh Krup. "Additionally, the few actors, actresses and singers out there who do lean to the right are often nut jobs, like Ted Nugent. This is unfair for two reasons: 1) liberals are often nut jobs, too, and 2) there are plenty of under-the-radar conservatives on the radio who might vote for Romney this election who we don't tend to think of as Republicans."
Eastwood certainly did bring an A-List touch to the Republican National Convention, despite his very unusual speech to an empty chair.
"A celebrity with the magnitude and star-power of Clint Eastwood opens the door wide for closeted Republican celebrities to feel more comfortable expressing their shared conservative beliefs. For years, Hollywood has bullied conservative actors and actresses into a corner. This is the year, we'll finally see them speak up,” publicist and political expert Angie Meyer told Fox News.
Whether others will follow suit after Eastwood's RNC gaffe and go public in supporting Romney before Nov. 6 is unclear. “The fundamental differences between the two candidates (Romney and Obama) are so vast, it's more important than ever for big Hollywood names to step up and get involved in the cause," Parker told Fox News. "But leave the award shows for the celebrities, political conventions should be about the people."
Romney has received donations from celebrities, such as country singer John Rich ($2,500), and his Victory Fund took in donations from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and his wife ($2,500), Scott Baio ($12,500) and Vince and Linda McMahon ($9,910), CNN reported in June. The McMahons also donated $150,000 to the Romney Super PAC "Restore Our Future."
Still, Obama crushes Romney when it comes to Hollywood champions. The president has hoards of supporters including Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey, Jr., Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Wintour, Anne Hathaway, Billy Crystal and Beyonce just to name a few.
Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington are slated to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.
Porn star Jenna Jameson voiced her hope for a Romney election in early August. "I'm very looking forward to a Republican being back in office," <a href="http://www.wtsp.com/news/national/article/266612/81/Porn-star-endorses-Romney" target="_hplink">Jameson told CBS News</a> while sipping champagne in a VIP room at the Gold Club in San Francisco. "When you're rich, you want a Republican in office."
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Richie, is the man behind Romney's campaign theme song "Born Free." The Michigan rocker <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/kid-rock-boosts-paul-ryan-in-michigan/" target="_hplink">recently supported vice presidential candidate</a> Paul Ryan at an event in his home state. "We take pride in people's success, we don't resent people for being successful in this country," Ryan said, referring to Kid Rock, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/kid-rock-boosts-paul-ryan-in-michigan/" target="_hplink">ABC News reported</a>. "Look at this creator right here - the fruit of his labor coming from his mind, his talents. He took his path to find his happiness, and he is realizing his dreams and he is paving his way. Only in America can you do this. That is what this country is all about."
Donald Trump speaks at the Ritz-Carlton on August 26, 2012 in Sarasota, Florida. Trump accepted the Statesman of the Year Award at the Sarasota GOP dinner ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The real estate mogul <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/donald-trump-endorses-mitt-romney_n_1249625.html" target="_hplink">endorsed Romney back in February</a>: "Mitt is tough, he's smart, he's sharp and he's not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country we all love," Trump said. Telling Romney, "Go out and get `em. You can do it."
Actor Clint Eastwood bows after speaking to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. During his speech, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/clint-eastwood-obama_n_1845375.html" target="_hplink">Eastwood said</a>: "There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot-dogging it."
Actor Jon Voight attended the Republican National Convention in support of Mitt Romney. "I think because of Gov. Romney's great talents, his great compassion, his great gifts of leadership, he's going to win this election," <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/27/voight-obama-controlling-american-media-like-hugo-chavez-does-in-venezuela/" target="_hplink">he told The Daily Caller</a>. "The people are going to become aware of these qualities." As for his daughter, Angelina Jolie, who is a champion of refugee rights and gay marriage, Voight said: "[She's] not so involved in politics, she's involved in refugees. She loves children of course and she's saved these three kids, she adopted these three lovely kids. She's a humanitarian."
Actress Angie Harmon is a Republican who has been frank about her complaints with the Democratic party. "I think one of the greatest things about the Republican Party is the understanding, we don't point fingers and we have class," she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/01/angie-harmon-republicans_n_181781.html" target="_hplink">told Fox News in 2009</a>. "Not all of us are supposed to believe the same things and think the same way," she added. "I think the difference between the parties is, with the Democrats you can sit down with them and have a 15 minute conversation and if you're not believing everything they say and buying into what they're selling you, it is like you're some dumb hick who doesn't deserve to live here anymore. But with the Republicans, it is like okay I want to know what you know, you want to know what I know, okay great lets go have a beer after work, we're still friends."
KISS rocker Gene Simmons supported Obama in 2008 but has endorsed Romney for 2012. "Strictly speaking on the economy and in my humble opinion, Mitt Romney," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/gene-simmons-mitt-romney-endorsement_n_1399906.html" target="_hplink">he told Fox News' Gretchen Carlson in April</a>. "America is a business and should be run by a businessman."
Chuck Norris recently released an anti-Obama video with his wife Gena on his official YouTube channel. In the video, Chuck and Gena warn of "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/chuck-norris-obama-reelection-1000-years-of-darkness-mitt-romney_n_1854309.html" target="_hplink">1,000 years of darkness</a>" if Obama is reelected.
Hilary Duff, who was born in Texas, is reportedly a registered Republican, <a href="http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/08/the-20-hottest-celebrity-republicans/hilary-duff" target="_hplink">according to Complex magazine</a>.
Musician Ted Nugent is a vehement supporter of the Republican party. At <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/ted-nugent-obama-humanity_n_1747876.html" target="_hplink">a National Rifle Association convention</a> in St. Louis in early August, he called Obama's administration "vile," "evil" and "America-hating." Adding, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent added.
Country singer Trace Adkins has said, "I want to be able to whole-heartedly support the nominee... It's going to be Mitt Romney and I'm going to support him 100%." He debuted his GOP anthem "<a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/trace-adkins-new-song-sean-hannity-herman-cain-republican-convention-366582" target="_hplink">Tough People Do</a>" at a charity concert at the RNC.
Actress Shannen Doherty is a Republican. Of being a Republican in Hollywood, <a href="http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/08/the-20-hottest-celebrity-republicans/shannen-doherty" target="_hplink">Complex magazine reports her as saying</a>, "I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats. I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I'm a Republican."
Actor Kelsey Grammer voiced his approval of Romney in August during an <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/breakfast/patricia-sheridans-breakfast-with-kelsey-grammer-649675/" target="_hplink">interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</a>. "Oh, I think he'd make a terrific president," the actor told the newspaper. "I think he'd be very good at it. He's a clear thinker. He's a kind man, you know, and he makes a lot of sense."
"Charles In Charge" actor Scott Baio donated $12,500 to the Romney campaign, <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/celebs-open-their-wallets-in-white-house-race-mostly-for-obama/comment-page-2/" target="_hplink">according to CNN</a>.
"The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck (R) is a vocal Republican and has has political debates with her co-hosts on the talk show. During a February <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/02/03/qa-elisabeth-hasselbeck-defends-romney-blasts-those-who-disparage-his-religion/" target="_hplink">interview with Fox News</a>, Hasselbeck defended Romney's Mormon religion, saying, "I don't understand how we can pick and choose certain religions that can be discriminated against, because I dare anyone to put another religion in there for Mitt Romney, and they wouldn't say a word. Are you truly defending the rights of our country when you attack someone when they are whatever religion? What if Mitt Romney was Jewish? What if Mitt Romney was Muslim? Think about how people act differently toward that."
Country singer and CW's "The Next" John Rich has donated $2,500 to the Romney campaign, <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/celebs-open-their-wallets-in-white-house-race-mostly-for-obama/comment-page-2/" target="_hplink">CNN reported</a>. He also <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/john-rich-clay-aiken-racist-republican-national-convention-rnc_n_1842750.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment" target="_hplink">slammed "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken</a> for joking about the lack of African Americans at the Republican National Convention and Romney's Mormon beliefs.
Pop star and "X Factor" judge Britney Spears is a Republican and she supported George W. Bush. In a 2003 <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2003-09-03/entertainment/cnna.spears_1_tucker-carlson-open-mouth-kiss-britney-spears?_s=PM:SHOWBIZ" target="_hplink">interview with CNN</a>, when she was asked about the Iraq War, Spears said, "I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that."
Actor Vince Vaughn is reportedly a Republican. In 2004, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2004-06-15-frat-pack_x.htm" target="_hplink">Owen Wilson told USA Today</a> about the time he and Vaughn had tried to crash a Republican fete: "It was for Young Republicans from Texas or something. Vince actually is a Republican and they didn't believe him. They saw me and said, 'Come on in.' But to Vince, they said, 'We know YOU'RE not a Republican.' "
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is a registered Republican but has not spoken openly about her political beliefs.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J attended the 2004 Republican National Convention in support of John McCain. He has also offered his support to other Republican contenders, including George Pataki. However, earlier this year, <a href="http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1202/10/pmt.01.html" target="_hplink">he told CNN's Piers Morgan</a> that he is an Independent.
Jessica Simpson, a Texas native, is a registered Republican. However, she is careful not to mix politics with her professional career. She was a big Bush supporter in 2004. "Jessica loves the heck out of him," her father Joe has said, according to E! News. However, Simpson has not voiced any preference for Obama or Romney this election season.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (L) and Linda Bruckheimer, seen here at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Ambassadors for Humanity Gala held in Hollywood, are Romney supporters. The two donated $25,000 to the Romney Victory Fund, <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/celebs-open-their-wallets-in-white-house-race-mostly-for-obama/" target="_hplink">according to CNN</a>.
Denver Broncos legend <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/john-elway-endorse-mitt-romney_n_1931219.html">John Elway announced his support for Mitt Romney</a> in early October. In a prepared statement, Elway said, Romney is a "proven leader with the experience and background to turn around our struggling economy," in a statement on Tuesday. "In these tough economic times, we need a president who understands how to get America working again -- by standing on the side of taxpayers and small-business owners who do the real job creating."
"Clueless" actress Stacey Dash <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/stacey-dash-endorses-mitt-romney-twitter-photo-clueless-_n_1947787.html?1349707889">announced via Twitter</a> that she will be supporting Romney in the November election. "Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future," she posted on Oct. 7.
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