Year's Top 10 Moments of Celeb Activism

Oprah, Paris, Will.i.am make a difference
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 29, 2008 11:50 AM CST

(Newser) – It’s been a big year for celebrity activism—so big that it deserves its own year-end top 10 list, Tina Daunt writes in the Los Angeles Times. Some famous faces that made a difference in 2008:

  • Oprah Winfrey fought hard for Barack Obama, including hosting a traffic-stopping garden party.
  • Norman Lear targeted young people in an online, nonpartisan get-out-the-vote effort.
  • Paris Hilton became a YouTube phenomenon—for politics.

  • George Clooney hosted an “exclusive and discreet” dinner for Obama in Switzerland. And alongside Don Cheadle, he made sure Darfur’s genocide stayed in the spotlight.
  • Former Motown boss Clarence Avant advised Hillary Clinton while his daughter raised cash for Barack.
  • Celebs including Matt Damon and Sarah Silverman worked on bubbies for Obama.
  • Ron Burkle hosted countless swanky parties backing Democrats.
  • Will.i.am took Obama viral with his “Yes We Can” video.
  • But Tinseltown arrived too late to defeat California’s Proposition 8.
(Read more Best of 2008 stories.)