— HeadCount (@HeadCountOrg) March 20, 2019
Good for her.
Courtesy of Wapo:
Pop star Ariana Grande is known as a tastemaker. Wearable cat ears? Sure. Pete Davidson as a romantic partner? Why not. But the latest thing she’s trying to make popular might be good for democracy.
The “thank u, next” singer is turning her ongoing “Sweetener” tour into a voter-registration drive, partnering with the nonprofit organization HeadCount to get concertgoers to complete the paperwork that makes them eligible to cast ballots in the 2020 presidential race. The campaign, dubbed #thankunextgen (get it?), is already claiming success. “I see it. I like it. I VOTED. I got it,” read a sign at the organization’s booth, per a pic posted to Twitter. (That’s a play on Grande’s hit “7 Rings,” for the uninitiated.)
Grande has a history of mixing her danceable pop hits with activism. She performed in 2017′s Concert for Charlottesville benefiting the victims injured while protesting the white nationalist rally there; participated in the 2018 March for Our Lives promoting gun-control legislation; and raised millions for the victims of an Islamic State-linked suicide bombing outside a concert of hers in Manchester, England.
You probably remember that singer Taylor Swift also used her fame to get thousands and thousands of young people to register last year. (Link)
I am all for these young pop stars helping to educate their fans and getting them to participate in the political process in this country.
It will be the responsibility of their generation in the not too distant future and it is good to see at least some of them embracing that responsibility now.