I don’t know what celebrities are thinking when they threaten to leave the country if Donald Trump becomes President. Take a talent-less hack like Lena Dunham, who is famous for no reason whatsoever, as an example. Dunham threatens to move to Canada is Donald Trump is elected. A rational human beings response to that threat should be “awesome, now I’m definitely voting for Trump.”
And Dunham is hardly the only insufferably celebrity threatening to move in the case of a Trump victory. Al Sharpton, Jon Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, and George Lopez have also made similar threats, which will be yet another bonus of a Trump Presidency.
Music star and actress Barbra Streisand has joined the rank of celebrities who will be moving out of the United States if Donald Trump is elected as president in November. Her destination? Australia.
On Sunday the 74-year-old wash-up told 60 Minutes correspondent Michael Usher, a native from Australia, she will leave the country immediately if Donald Trump wins and beats Hillary Clinton come Election Day.
Her full statement and the video of the interview is below:
“I worry… I don’t take anything for granted. I want Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States. But there is still a lot of sexism, and ‘A woman being president?’ you know, and making fun of her, the way [Donald Trump] insults her right and left, and has no facts. I can’t believe it. I’m either coming to your country if you’ll let me in, or Canada.”
There’s a phenomenon named after her called the “Streisand effect,” which describes when a person attempts to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information (usually about themselves) and has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually online. It was named after her, because in 2003 she attempted to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California, and in the process drew an enormous amount of public attention to those photos that otherwise would’ve never existed.
I’m hoping in threatening to leave the country if Trump is elected, we get a new kind of Streisand effect – whereas everyone opts to vote Trump so we’ll never have to hear from her again.