U.K. Election: Lena Dunham, Mark Ruffalo Offer Support for Jeremy Corbyn
Danny DeVito and Susan Sarandon have also voiced their approval of the Labour leader from across the Atlantic as Brits head to the polling booths this Thursday.
Mark Ruffalo has joined a small but select group of U.S. celebrities who have thrown their support across the Atlantic to Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the U.K.'s Labour Party, ahead of Britain's general election on Thursday.
The actor sent out a tweet Monday saying that he "humbly" endorsed Corbyn, who is standing against Conservative leader and current British Prime Minister Theresa May, saying that he offered "people an alternative to the corporate status quo, which never ends well for them."
Elsewhere, Danny DeVito has messaged his support for Corbyn on numerous occasions, even posting a picture of himself standing beside a sign for the Labour Party.
London with my DN hat. Jeremy June 8th. Show us how it's done! pic.twitter.com/dYM4XQXEEq— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) May 27, 2017
Last week, Susan Sarandon posted a message on her Facebook wall endorsing Corbyn. "We need a leader with integrity & values like Jeremy Corbyn to take on corporate & elite vested interests, fight for social & economic justice, ban fracking and transition to sustainable energy," she wrote.
Just two days before the election, Lena Dunham also got involved, writing a lengthy Instagram post in which she said that with Corbyn British voters had a "chance at a fair and just leader who will temper the fascism and darkness of our current American moment."
We here in America have watched in horror as our siblings in the U.K. have been attacked these past weeks and our president has been unable to offer so much as a word of condolence, only using this to push forward his racist and xenophobic agenda. We no longer have the option to pretend that what happens in Britain or America is separate. We do not live in fiefdoms. We must all work together to quell the tide of hate and complacency. Which is why, despite my US Passport, I desperately urge my U.K. friends/fans/frenemies to get out and vote for the Labour Party. With Jeremy Corbyn you have a chance at a fair and just leader who will temper the fascism and darkness of our current American moment. Thank you for considering, for getting your butts out there and for knowing- even when you feel abandoned by electoral politics- that your vote is all we have. This Thursday, June 8!
Outside of entertainment circles, Bernie Sanders has been ramping up his efforts to assist Corbyn, praising the Labour leader in several interviews. The Democrat told The Guardian that there was a "real similarity between what he has done and what I did" in trying to transform his party by going to the grassroots levels. Staff from Sanders team have also been lending a helping hand to Corbyn's campaign, offering training events in a bid to mobilize voters.
On the U.K. celebrity front, the likes of Ricky Gervais, Stephen Fry, Ken Loach and Russell Brand have all thrown their weight behind Corbyn, while Steve Coogan has been among those actively campaigning for the Labour Party.
A lifelong left-winger who was seen as having zero chance of becoming prime minister when May announced a snap general election — an election that occurs earlier than originally planned, which usually benefits the ruling party — in April, Corbyn has experienced a surge over the past few weeks.
May's reluctance to face her opponent in TV debates, plus issues such as her party's so-called "dementia tax" on the elderly alongside other austerity measures, has seen her lose her double-digit lead in the polls, while Corbyn's focus on health and education has won him support.
The recent terror attacks in both Manchester and London put the spotlight on significant cuts made to the U.K.'s police force — overseen by May during her seven years as home secretary, and the latest poll figures put Corbyn just one percentage point behind her.