Georgia’s been a hotbed of political controversy this month, with its secretary of state (and current gubernatorial candidate), Brian Kemp, refusing to approve 53 thousand voter registrations—over 70 percent of whom are black—based on a bizarre “exact match” voter ID rule. Kemp, the kind of dude who stumps for Confederate monuments, is currently in an ultra-tight race with Stacey Abrams, a Democrat with an emphasis on gun control and criminal justice who, if elected, would become the nation’s first-ever black woman governor. Like every midterm election in our dumpster fire of a country, the stakes are high, so high that many celebrities that emerged from their regenerative chambers to help boost her chances.
That includes Meryl Steep, Denzel Washington, Jada Pinkett Smith, Ben Affleck, and John Legend, as well as funnyman Will Ferrell, who took his efforts a step further by touching down in the state for some door-to-door canvassing. “We keep asking ourselves, how can we help? What can we do locally being in California? Should we be knocking on doors?” Ferrell’s wife, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “So we’re going to go knock on doors for Stacey Abrams. You never know in Hollywood if it helps or hurts, but we’re trying get out the vote and drive people to the polls.”
Social media flooded with clips and pictures of Ferrell knocking on doors late last week, when he politely waited for potential voters to finish telling him of their many leather-bound books before stumping for Abrams and her platform. Hopefully he didn’t run across Pearl along the way.
Ferrell also spent some time at the state’s Kennesaw State University, where he encouraged students to register, telling them, “If you guys turn out, there is no question.” Below, see a video of his stint on campus in which he has a bit of fun poking fun at the school’s fearsome mascot, the owl.
Also, please vote.