Who Are The Celebrities In Elizabeth Banks’ Hillary Song? There Are A Lot Of Big Names
In honor of the 2016 Democratic National Convention this week (and the official nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate), actress and producer Elizabeth Banks gathered a number of Clinton's celebrity supporters together and made a Pitch Perfect-inspired video featuring an a cappella version of "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten (one of Clinton's favorite campaign walk-out songs). Who are the celebrities in Elizabeth Banks' Hillary song? The fun clip is filled with famous faces, all of whom are lending their star power to help Clinton's bid for the White House in the election this November.
Banks introduces the song at the outset, saying, "this is for Hillary," before Platten herself starts singing the song's first lines. From there, it seems like each frame features a new face, but according to USA Today, the complete list of celebs featured in the video (listed alphabetically by first name) includes:
The video debuted Tuesday during the convention, the same night when two of the clip's participants, America Ferrera and Eva Longoria, gave speeches on behalf of Clinton, according to TIME. Banks herself also made an appearance on the DNC stage Tuesday night, and, according to Entertainment Weekly, used the opportunity to jokingly compare Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to Effie Trinket, her Hunger Games character:
She also took aim at Trump's controversial entrance at the Republican National Convention, where he came out to Queen's "We Are The Champions" through a cloud of theatrical smoke. Making a similar entrance to the same song herself at the DNC, Banks joked,
Oh good, Effie Trinket is at the convention. Can we send Donald Trump to the 76th Hunger Games? #DemsInPhilly— Alecia (@aleciamarie21) July 27, 2016
Clinton, however, wasn't the first Democratic candidate to have a star-studded music video dedicated to them: according to TIME, will.i.am produced an impressive (and much more poignant) clip in 2008 featuring celebrities singing along to a moving speech President Barack Obama gave during the New Hampshire Primary. The video received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song, and featured Scarlett Johansson, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, among others.
Although Trump's celeb supporters have yet to express their admiration for him in song, a number of them did come out to speak on his behalf during the RNC — although collectively, they provided much less star power. According to Vox, Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, actress Kimberlin Brown, actor Antonio Sabato Jr., and actor and TV producer Scott Baio were part of the RNC speaker lineup (arguably Trump's family members were the real stars of the convention though).
Banks shared the video on her own Facebook page late Tuesday after the convention, where it has already received 5.6 million views, and over 77,000 shares. Wednesday marks day three of the DNC, and will feature President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as speakers.