The countdown to the midterm elections on Nov. 6th is ticking. And while you were busy recovering from Halloween party hangovers this weekend, Will Ferrell was out there rocking the vote.
The actor and comedian was spotted in Georgia over the past few days knocking on doors in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who’s sparking a lot of hope for a liberal shift in the traditionally red state.
Aside from canvassing, Ferrell also tackled getting the vote out where it really matters most for Dems: young people. Visiting Kennesaw State University on Friday, Oct 26, he encouraged students to not only vote for Abrams, but also be a cool kid like him and volunteer.
Abrams is in an incredibly close race against Republican Brian Kemp, and her victory would be a huge win for American history as a whole, in addition to contributing to the so-called “blue wave” of victories Democrats are gunning for in the midterms.
If elected, she would be the country’s first black woman elected as a state governor. Ever.
You might’ve just read that and thought to yourself, “Holy shit — how is that possible?” It’s a long overdue milestone, but not too surprising when considering how black voters are so often suppressed. Also, you know, the centuries of racism — both violent and systemic — that defines America too.
Ferrell and his wife, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, have been very vocal about working alongside Abrams’ campaign.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paulin-Ferrell explained that she and her husband thought campaigning in swing races would be more impactful than doing so locally in their home state of California.
“If there are candidates that I feel really strongly about that are fighting the good fight, whether it be about gun control or the [Brett Kavanaugh] vote, we are there,” she said. “It’s a critical election coming up and you have to care about it and get young people to care in order to use their power of voting.”
And well, if there’s anyone with the power to reach young people, it’s probably the comedy icon who defined some of their all-time favorites.
So if you care about democracy, or just love that one scene in Step Brothers, do what champions do: V O T E on Nov 6.