Hollywood A-listers team up to sign anti-Trump petition
Bryan Cranston defends celebrities' decision to use star power for social change
Hollywood stars including Bryan Cranston, Julianne Moore, and Kerry Washington have joined together to encourage Americans to stop controversial candidate Donald Trump from becoming the next president.
The actors are among the more than 100 celebrities who have pledged their support for MoveOn.org's United Against Hate campaign, which calls on citizens to not vote the real estate mogul into the White House.
A statement on the campaign's website reads: "We are a coalition of artists who, today, are joining millions of Americans in our commitment to defeat the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump. We believe it is our responsibility to use our platforms to bring attention to the dangers of a Trump presidency, and to the real and present threats of his candidacy.
"That is why we need to unite before it is too late - for the sake of our fellow Americans and for the sake of our democracy - and why it is so critical for those of us with the privilege to speak out to do so loudly and forcefully, in our work, online, and in our communities, with all the resources we have at hand."
It concludes: "We call upon every American to join us - to stand together on the right side of history, to use the power of our voice and the power of our vote to defeat Donald Trump and the hateful ideology he represents."
Also signing their names to the effort are Mark Ruffalo, Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, Jane Fonda, Olivia Wilde, Meg Ryan, Chloe Grace Moretz, among many others.
Cranston, who recently portrayed Democratic U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way, was also on hand for a civil rights panel on Tuesday (26Jul16) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Democratic National Convention is being held.
During the talk, he admitted he was baffled by citizens who believe celebrities like the ones participating in United Against Hate shouldn't be taken more seriously than other Americans.
"I think any person who has been given that, has been given that gift, has a sense of responsibility to share their thoughts and comments and feelings with society, to be socially conscious," he said.
Meanwhile at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was officially nominated the Democratic nominee, and stars who took the stage to show their support included Elizabeth Banks, Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, Tony Goldwyn, Debra Messing and Meryl Streep.
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