Everyone will recognize at least a few of the following Hollywood stars: Aisha Tyler, Alan Cumming, America Ferrera, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Chrissie Fit, Connie Britton, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Greene, Esther Dean, Eva Longoria, Garrett Clayton, Hana Mae Lee, Ian Somerholder, Idina Menzel, Jaime King, Jane Fonda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, John Michael Higgens, Josh Lucas, Julie Bowen, Kathy Najimy, Kelly Jackle, Kristin Chenoweth, Mandy Moore, Mary McCormack, Mary-Louise Parker, Mike Thompkins, Nikki Read, Rachel Platten, Renee Fleming, Rob Reiner, Shelley Regner, Sia and TR Knight.
What do these celebrities have in common? They all participated in a love song/video tribute for Hillary Clinton. Hollywood is, of course, celebrating these brave folks for publicly campaigning for their favorite presidential pick.
So you’d think Hollywood would be ecstatic when one of their own decides to run for office in Colorado, right? Especially one of ABC’s most popular bachelors ever, Ben Higgins, who stole the heart of America on “The Bachelor“. Well, not so much.
Here’s a timeline showing what happened when Bachelor Higgins recently tried to expressed his political stance:
Thursday, July 21: Higgins files papers to run for Congress. He announced he was trying to unseat incumbent Rep. Dan Pabon, who had been sentenced the same week with a DUI. A”Ben Higgins for Colorado” website was launched and the Denver Post reported that Willie B. Pinkston, called Higgins “a great guy and likely the only other Republican who can win.” Higgins said, “I am definitely not a politician, but I have a lot to offer through my years in the financial services industry and, more importantly, my work in charitable and humanitarian organizations.”
Friday, July 21: Higgins withdraws from his campaign, posting the following on his website:
I regret that I must withdraw my candidacy. Despite my best efforts to pursue this opportunity in good faith, I recently received information that has made such a pursuit unworkable. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will not be able to move forward as a candidate. I find solace in knowing that our intentions and actions have been fair and sincere. I entered into this endeavor wanting to bring positive change to my community, and it is with that same spirit that I will move forward, albeit on a different path. – Ben Higgins
As we’ve seen throughout the coverage of the DNC, all those celebrities praising Hillary are not only lauded by Hollywood they will probably get even more work and more money! So what happened to Ben Higgins?
He was running as…a Republican. (Cue ominous music)
The unsaid (but always underlying) Hollywood problem is that Ben Higgins was running on the wrong side o’ the political fence. And perhaps this would have been fine if Ben had simply disappeared into the dark recesses of Colorado politics – but Ben and his Bachelor-earned fiancé, Lauren Bushnell, were reportedly set to star in their own reality show.
According to a source, “Apparently the production company and/or ABC does not want to have their talent involved in politics while he’s under contract.”
The sad truth is if Ben Higgins had announced he was joining the Communist Party and was a transgender, he would have been given the world. As is, they tried to take it all away from him.
And there you have – the Hollywood double standard, as blatant and intolerant and McCarthy-like as all get out.