George Clooney Won't Campaign for Obama, Will Support Gay Marriage
George Clooney has been known to take a strong Democratic stance on certain political issues, but that doesn’t mean he will be campaigning for President Barack Obama this year. According to E! Online, Clooney said he plans to host and attend fundraisers, but he won’t be getting on stage or giving any speeches.
“I’ve never campaigned—even when my father ran for Congress,” the 50-year-old actor told the website. “I do fundraisers, but I don’t think it looks particularly good to have actors out there on stage.”
Clooney said that even if celebrities are well-versed in political issues, it would be best if they stayed out of the campaigning ring.
“You can still be polarizing,” he said. “You can still actually bring as much harm as good and there’s no point to it. Why take the chance?”
Instead, the star prefers to express his political opinions through his work, as he is doing on the issue of same-sex marriage. Clooney will portray attorney David Boies in Dustin Lance Black’s play, “8,” which depicts the trial to overturn Prop 8 and make same-sex marriage legal in the state of California. Boies was one of the lawyers to fight for gay marriage, E! Online said.
Clooney told the website that the play reflects his personal views on the subject.
“I think the world is changing and it’s becoming less and less of an issue and I think it shouldn’t be long now,” he said. “I think younger people are looking at this like, ‘Who cares?’”
“This really is the final leg of the civil rights movement,” Clooney said.