Last week, Obama sent an email to the top-level Hollywood influencers in an effort to encourage them to promote his immigration policies on social media during June’s Immigrant Heritage Month. Obama went so far as to provide them with ready-made pro-immigration talking points.
According to Fox News, White House Associate Director of Public Engagement Jesse Moore sent an email to a number of unidentified Hollywood A-listers and executives last week with a list of short, social media-ready talking points that the Obama administration hopes the celebrities will post for their millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Celebrities were reportedly encouraged to use the following messages on social media along with the hashtags #ImmigrantHeritageMonth and #IAmAnImmigrant, according to Fox:
- June is Immigrant Heritage Month and I stand with immigrants. Share this video to celebrate the monumental contributions immigrants have made — and continue to make every day!
- #IAmAnImmigrant honors each of our families’ sacrifices, struggles and successes – America’s strength is reflected in our diversity built over generations.
- Now, more than ever, it’s important we stay united. I’m proud to be part of the #IAmAnImmigrant movement.
- We’re so excited to join the “IAmAnImmigrant movement.
“We are a nation of immigrants, and whether you are an immigrant, the child or grandchild of immigrants, or you stand with immigrants — it’s on all of us to ensure that we continue to recognize the role immigrants continue to play at the core of this country,” the email to Hollywood influencers read.
According to Breitbart, the email also contained a video released by nonprofit organization Welcome.Us earlier this month, in which stars including Kerry Washington, Rosie Perez and George Lopez talked about the importance of immigration and urged other activists and celebrities to join the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign.
The campaign appeared to be making headway’s early on, as celebrities including Washington, Norman Lear and Alfred Molina took to Twitter to post variations of the talking points on their accounts:
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 3, 2016
— Norman Lear (@TheNormanLear) June 1, 2016
The immigration email follows a similar email sent out by the White House earlier this year that encouraged celebrities to tweet ready-made talking points on gun control, using the hashtag #StopGunViolence. As Breitbart News reported then, a number of celebrities including Ashton Kutcher and Mark Ruffalo tweeted some of the White House’s talking points verbatim.
Personally, I’d rather be part of the I’m a proud American movement!