'Deranged Hollywood wokism': Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom slammed for video on voting rights
The video shows Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom calling from the 'future 2055', suggesting that the deterioration of society began when the 'voting rights bill died in the Senate'
Pop sensation Katy Perry and her British actor boyfriend Orlando Bloom have been accused of "virtue signaling" and peddling "propaganda" about a dystopian future in a video for the Democrats. Dressed in rags, the famous pair was seen calling on voters in 2021 from an apocalyptic scene in 2055, suggesting that the deterioration of society began when the "voting rights bill died in the Senate."
The video, created by advocacy group RepresentUs, shows Perry and Bloom referring to the HR1 For The People Act. The bill, Democrats claim will expand voting rights by allegedly getting rid of voter ID requirements and banning gerrymandering. Republicans, however, are determined to block the bill, arguing that the federal government has no business getting involved in the state-level elections.
🤯 @KatyPerry and Orlando Bloom aged 30 years to deliver a message from a dystopian future where the #ForthePeopleAct didn’t pass.— Ed Helms (@edhelms) June 17, 2021
Watch it, share it, then call your Senator #WhileYouCan pic.twitter.com/zWSYXbD15y
GOP leaders and critics of the bill lashed out at the celebrity couple for being "out of touch" with ground realities, while also suggesting that Bloom shouldn't be telling US citizens whom to vote for as a Brit. "Yet again, more celebrities promoting legislation they most likely haven’t even read. Everyday Americans are tired of the fake virtue signaling from out-of-touch personalities who are high on star-power and kowtow to deranged Hollywood wokism," Republican Rep Andy Biggs told the Daily Mail. "They should spend more energy building a backbone than acting on fear of being canceled."
Social media users also tore into Orlando and Bloom and described the PSA as 'cringe'. "I thought the media said we weren't supposed to listen to celebrities anymore...or was that just Jon Stewart?" one critic wrote on Twitter. "What in the wild wild world of blatant propaganda is this. Total Cringe and isn't he British? They have the same types of laws that are being passed," another added. "2 people who have never read the Constitution are advocating for violating the Constitution, shocking," yet another wrote.
I thought the media said we weren't supposed to listen to celebrities anymore...or was that just Jon Stewart?— EMMM (@emm_mand) June 17, 2021
What in the wild wild world of blatant propaganda is this. Total Cringe and isn't he British? They have the same types of laws that are being passed.— Benedetti (@Benedet07348591) June 17, 2021
2 people who have never read the Constitution are advocating for violating the Constitution, shocking.— NoOneHereYet (@noonehereyet) June 17, 2021
Democrats have touted the HR-1 bill, also known as S-1, as their answer to a GOP-backed state-level movement to enact voting laws to safeguard elections following the disputed results of the 2020 election. The original proposal includes automatic voter registration with minimum requirements, and even making Election Day a national holiday in the US.
While the bill passed the House in March, it is stuck in the Senate as Democrats are debating the validity of the proposal among themselves. Perry and Bloom's video appears to be targeting a key vote in the Senate slated for Tuesday, June 22. The lone Senate Democrat to holdout on the bill is West Virginia Sen Joe Manchin, who declared he couldn't vote for it because it lacked bipartisan support. Senate Republicans have uniformly maintained that the bill is an overreach of the federal government and refused to support it.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has declared that the GOP will block the vote when it reached the floor on June 22. "I’ve taken a look at all the new state laws — none of them are designed to suppress the vote. There is no rational basis for the federal government to take over all of American elections," he said.
Perry took to Twitter to share the controversial PSA with her 123 million followers. "Urgent message from 2055. Voting is a right and currently, the freedom to vote is under attack," she wrote alongside. "The For the People Act believes in hearing from ALL voices. If you believe that voting should be easy, accessible, and convenient to all, please act now to pass the #ForThePeopleAct." Meanwhile, Bloom also shared the video to his own Twitter account, which boasts over five million fans. The video garnered over 130,000 likes and millions of views across the two accounts.