People are still mad at Susan Sarandon. It’s been two extremely long years since she endorsed Jill Stein for president over Hillary Clinton, and a lot of people are still disproportionately upset with her. However grave a mistake endorsing Stein may seem in retrospect, at least Susan Sarandon had the courage of her convictions.
It’s anybody’s guess exactly what drove Amy Schumer’s endorsement in Thursday’s New York gubernatorial primary.
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Thursday we vote. Everyone! It’s not cute to not vote anymore. I’ll tell you who I’m voting for honestly For gov: cuomo Reason: Andrew isn’t my fav dude But he’s good gov. I wanted to vote Nixon, but sadly, i don’t believe she would know what the heck to do. She needs to be able to pressure the state legislature in stuff but I don’t believe she has enough connections upstate. But I love her and think if anyone is inclined voting Nixon is cool Attorney general: I’m voting @zephyrteachout She is the MOST qualified. And she will take on trump the best. I am also proudly voting for @jumaane.williams
On Tuesday afternoon, a Schumer post on Instagram directed her 7.2M followers to vote for the establishment candidate Andrew Cuomo. The comedian expressed regret over not being able to muster a vote for progressive Democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon–but ultimately she was compelled to tell her New Yorker fans they should stick with the status quo. (Nicki Minaj made the same move, minus the contrition.)
Cut to Thursday, however, and Schumer very publicly appears to have had a change of heart.
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We voted. And we voted for @cynthiaenixon couldn’t help it. And for @zephyrteachout and @jumaane.williams voted with my heart ???? thanks to the women who took their time to talk to me about it. When someone disagrees with you be patient and have a conversation. It’s most productive. ????????
Schumer made her questionable about-face at around 3 p.m. on primary day, long after when many of the people who might possibly be influenced by her late-breaking contradiction of her previous endorsement could take that spirit to the polls.
To put it mildly, this is not at all a good look. Especially considering that Schumer is related to New York Senator Charles Schumer, which invites suspicion that the original endorsement could have been a familial favor.
It’s pretty much the opposite of having one’s cake and eating it, too: Schumer will not only incur the frosting-stain from the progressive Left of having endorsed the establishment candidate to millions of fans, along with the fiber-embedded cake crumbs of declaring–whoopsies!–that she was wrong, just after the last minute.
Like everyone else, Amy Schumer is a human being who is always evolving. The curse of being a celebrity is evolving in real time, which is why political endorsements should be ironclad, if offered at all.
Otherwise, you run the risk of being yoked to a sensual pantsuit anthem forever.