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Tensions are running high in Hollywood as polls continue to indicate that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is gaining in states that were formerly in support of President Barack Obama but are now considered toss-up states.
Numerous celebrities appear to be coming unhinged as a result. They have been expressing their frustration via remarks and PSA videos, which are intended to assist the president in his re-election effort. 
In a peculiar attempt at campaign ad satire, Chris Rock debuted a campaign video on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in which he informs potential voters that President Obama is “white.” The comic is perhaps hoping to change the figures set forth in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll in which the president is more than 23 points behind Gov. Romney with regard to the white demographic.
To bolster his satirical political point, Rock provides “evidence” that Obama is really a Caucasian by noting the president’s affection for golf, his wearing of “mom jeans,” and his past use of the name “Barry.” He also makes reference to Obama’s support of gay marriage, quipping, “Most black men don’t even support straight marriage.”
Meanwhile, via a new public service announcement, singer Cher and comedienne Kathy Griffin are involved in an effort to resuscitate the so-called “War on Women” meme. In a video, the two demagogue the statements made by GOP Senate candidates Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin.
Cher takes a childish swipe at GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s looks and additionally refers to the pro-life stance of the GOP ticket as “sick stuff,” evidently choosing to ignore the fact that Obama voted numerous times against providing medical assistance to babies who survive failed abortion attempts.
On his HBO show “Real Time,” comic Bill Maher makes a miserable attempt at humor, saying, “If you're thinking about voting for Mitt Romney, I would like to make this one plea. Black people know who you are and they will come after you.”
Possibly because of the racist overtones in his comment, he cautiously adds that he is “kidding” and suggests that what he meant to say was, “Mitt Romney cares.”
Singer and outspoken liberal Barbra Streisand appears in another campaign video, which has been released by the National Jewish Democratic Council. In the video, Streisand characterizes Romney’s position on the abortion issue as being “as extreme as it gets.”
Will Ferrell launches an Obama ad in which he says he is willing to eat garbage and/or underpants in exchange for viewers casting votes in the presidential election.
“Hungry? How about a home-cooked meal? Hope you like angel hair pasta,” Ferrell says.
“Need a guy to help you move a couch? Done, I’ve even got my own van. If you agree to vote in this year’s election, I will personally give you a tattoo. Fair warning: I do not know how to draw,” Ferrell continues.
Michael Bellavia, head of a Hollywood production house, Animax Entertainment, is co-organizer of “The Million Puppet March,” ostensibly to save Big Bird and taxpayer funding for public television. However, the event only draws about 1,000 people who gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to chant slogans such as “Power to the puppets! We can save the Muppets!”
Apparently a bit out of sync with the current election, Sheryl Crow releases a new political song, and rather than bashing Romney or praising Obama, the singer muses about a female president. 
The song “Woman in the White House” includes the following lyrics: “We could use a little female common sense down on Pennsylvania Avenue. After 230-something years of waiting, it's way past overdue. Yeah, I think it's time we put a woman in the White House. Girls, how 'bout you?”
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax.TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.


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