The Trump Administration Claimed That Billie Eilish Is "Destroying the Country"
In a new story published by the Washington Post, an anonymous Health And Human Services employee revealed that the Trump Administration had hired an advertising agency and tasked it with creating celebrity PSAs aimed to lift morale. The whole thing was supposed to be done before Election Day and to get some famous faces to pull attention away from an entire country being sieged by the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Post's story notes that one celeb in particular: green-haired, soft-voiced Billie Eilish, was quickly disqualified because the team behind the entire debacle thought she was "destroying our country and everything we care about."
The AV Club notes that the list of celebrities approved to be approached for the project was probably collected after Eilish's performance at the Democratic National Convention. Apparently, the only name that managed to get vetted and actually come through for the project was Dennis Quaid. And seeing as how no Dennis Quaid PSA has hit the internet just yet, it's clear that the $300 million project was a waste of taxpayer money. The AV Club adds that any individuals who had ever been critical of Donald Trump or "supported former President Barack Obama, gay rights, or same-sex marriage" were automatically disqualified.
The Post published the reasoning behind a few more exclusions:
"The same document indicates that singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera 'is an Obama-supporting Democrat and a gay rights supporting liberal'; singer Adam Levine is a 'liberal Democrat who supported Obama and fights for gay rights'; singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake 'publicly endorsed Obama and supports gay marriage'; actor Johnny Depp 'appears to be aligned with the liberal left'; and actor Jack Black is 'known to be a classic Hollywood liberal.'"
In addition to Quaid, CeCe Winans, Marc Anthony, Shulem Lemmer, Dr. Oz, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Dwyane Wade, and Enrique Iglesias agreed to participate. Only three sat down for filmed interviews and the Post notes that even that trio has withdrawn consent, so nobody will ever get to see the finished PSAs.
And while Eilish's supposed power to corrupt the entire country may be one of the bigger takeaways, the Post notes that the whole situation reeks of violations. Democrats are suggesting that instead of trying to actually assist with the COVID crises (with, say, PPE or stimulus checks), the GOP used "hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars for partisan political purposes ahead of the upcoming election, and to direct taxpayer funds to friends and allies of Trump Administration officials."
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