“You guys are the real rock stars. So thank you so much.”
Justin Timberlake showed his appreciation for those working behind the scenes to get people to vote this Election Day.
On Monday, the pop singer and actor, 39, surprised a group of volunteers at a voting phone bank in Pennsylvania by popping up on their video chat.
“ONE MORE DAY,” he wrote alongside the heartwarming clip on his Instagram. “If you haven’t already, please get out and #VOTE! Thank you to this amazing group of PA phone bankers and voters for letting me crash your zoom.”
The moderator was about to begin the Zoom meeting when she noticed an attendee named “Justin Branch” had not turned on the camera. After politely asking “Justin Branch” to do so, the volunteers — who were making calls to support Joe Biden’s campaign — collectively dropped their jaws when the “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” hitmaker revealed himself.
One shocked fan even squealed, “JT in the house!”
“So, as you know, your city, your state is going to be huge in this election,” Justin addressed the delighted group. “I always was told when I was young that the hardest work that you do is the work that nobody gets to see. I think that really is apropos to what you guys are doing behind the scenes for the campaign. And I just wanted to come on and say how much I appreciate it, and you guys are the real rock stars. So, thank you so much.”
After a few of the volunteers shared how they got involved with the phone bank, Timberlake went back to lavishing praise on the unsuspecting team.
“This is so inspiring to see young people like yourself get engaged like this,” he said. “And you are not just as important but a special kind of important to the process of politics and democracy. Kudos to you.”
Timberlake then went on to say “a couple obvious things” regarding his support for Biden and Kamala Harris.
“We need a country and a world that condemns racism and you see how the little things that are a part of this bigger system can hold back so many people and we need a president who is going to fight for those people,” he explained. “Seeing how Joe has stood up against that and Joe has so much experience.”
“And I think Kamala’s, like, the coolest human on earth. She’s just so real. She’s all the things that I want to see in a leader. And just seeing them together and knowing what they can do for our country, I’m really fired up.”
He ended the call by, once again, sharing his appreciation for the volunteers’ hard work.
“Like I said, what you guys are doing right now, it really, really does make a difference. And I just wanted to come on for a minute and share with you that it means so much to me,” he added. “I’m so excited for what’s ahead. We gotta keep it going.”
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“My eyes got misty. I thought, ‘I don’t know if I can cry in a voting station.'”
“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver is recalling the moment he voted for the first time in America.
While appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Monday, the 43-year-old British talk show host, who became an American citizen in December 2019, opened up about his experience casting his vote in the 2020 presidential election, saying he “nearly burst into tears.”
“It was honestly, it was amazing,” Oliver told Colbert. “Putting [the candidates] aside, as an immigrant who had just got his citizenship in December of last year, I was waiting for that to feel real — when you worry about your immigration status all the time and even getting your passport still doesn’t feel real because you haven’t tested it against a system.”
“I had thought this will feel real when I leave America and I come back and I’m treated differently by the system,” he continued.
Though his new citizenship didn’t “feel real” when he traveled, Oliver assumed it would hit him when he went out to vote. While it eventually did, it didn’t happen immediately.
“Standing in line I thought maybe this will be it and I didn’t feel it,” he recalled. “Giving them my name and getting the ballot, I didn’t feel it.”
“Scanning it into the machine and the machine saying ‘Your vote has been counted,’ I nearly burst into tears,” Oliver said with a smile. “That is the truth. My eyes got misty. I thought, ‘I don’t know if I can cry in a voting station.'”
After recalling what ultimately became an emotional moment, the HBO host shared some more details from voting, including how long he stood in line, and compared how casting his vote in the US differed from his past experience voting in the UK.
“I was in the queue for an hour in a half,” Oliver said, before Colbert quipped, “In the UK, you guys just go to pubs there right? And you either pick a pickled egg or scotch egg and they know that’s what party you’re voting for.”
Oliver first paused and then joked in response. “I wish it wasn’t true, but, yeah you do. You walk up to the bar and you say, ‘All right, Governor. I’ll take the pickled egg.'”
However, Oliver said the main difference between voting in the UK and in the US are lines.
“Lines have been normalized in America,” he told Colbert. “I think you think that everyone else stands in line for hours. There are not lines. It’s absolutely madness…that you have to stand in line for that long is an absolute disgrace wherever you are. Nobody else has to stand in line for seven, nine, 11 hours whatever you’re hearing about. It’s absurd.”
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It was the singer’s first televised performance in five years.
Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman returned to the spotlight on Monday night for an extremely rare television appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”
In her first live performance in five years, the 56-year-old sang a slightly updated version of “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution,” the international hit from her 1988 self-titled, debut album.
While most of the lyrics from the song remained the same and felt just as relevant today as they did when the song was first released, she changed the final words from “Talkin’ bout a revolution, oh no” to “Talkin’ bout a revolution, go vote.”
As she walked out of frame following the performance, there was also a simple “VOTE” sign behind her, urging viewers to take part in today’s election.
While the “Fast Car” singer didn’t stick around for an interview, she released a statement ahead of the performance. “This is the most important election of our lifetime,” she said. “It is imperative that everyone vote to restore our democracy.”
Added Meyers, “I’ve always thought Tracy Chapman’s music skips your ears and goes straight to your heart. I’m so honored and excited to have her on the show. She’s living proof you can be a great artist while also speaking out for what you believe in.”
The singer last appeared on television back in 2015, when she performed “Stand By Me” during one of David Letterman’s final episodes of “The Late Show.”
She released a greatest hits album that same year, with the “Stand By Me” cover on it. Before that, her last release was the 2018 album “Our Bright Future.”
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