Pro-Clinton celebrities staying put after all

Amy Schumer, the comedienne and cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer
Amy Schumer, the comedienne and cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer

WASHINGTON • Moving out of the country is tough and no one is discovering this hard truth more than the pro-Clinton celebrities who claimed they were packing their bags for Canada should Mr Donald Trump become the United States president.

First up, there is Amy Schumer, the comedienne and cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer, who had said that if the then-Republican nominee won the presidency, she would move to Europe.

"My act will change because I will need to learn to speak Spanish because I will move to Spain or somewhere," she told the BBC in September.

On Instagram the morning after the election, she said she was just joking. "Anyone saying pack your bags is just as disgusting as anyone who voted for this racist homophobic openly disrespectful woman abuser," she wrote.

She continued, referring to Mr Trump's rival Hillary Clinton: "People asked how much I was paid to stand with her. Nothing. None of us were paid a dollar. We would have had to pay a lot more because we are fortunate enough to make a high income."

Big-name Clinton supporters such as actress Lena Dunham, R&B star Ne-Yo, actor Bryan Cranston and singer Barbra Streisand had also expressed their desire to ditch America if the results did not go their way. But, so far, no one is headed for the border.

Singer Cher had joked that she would move to Jupiter.

Instead, she tweeted that she spent Wednesday night in New York, a block away from Trump Tower, where she talked and listened to the protesters carrying handmade signs on their way to shout "Dump Trump" in front of the president-elect's building.

Comedienne Chelsea Handler had told Vanity Fair she "had a house in Spain that is going to be ready right after the election".

But on Wednesday night, the Netflix talk-show host was back to work as usual.

"But if Hillary can make it through a concession speech then I can make it through a stupid television show," she said on air.

But other celebrities could not swallow the bitter pill of this presidential cycle without tears.

Pop star Miley Cyrus had said on Instagram: "I am moving if this is my president! I don't say things I don't mean!"

Still, during a two-minute tear- filled video on Wednesday, she followed Mrs Clinton's example.

"So Donald Trump, I accept you," she said through sniffles.

"And, this is hard to say, I even accept you as the President of the United States and that's fine, because I think now I want to be a hopeful hippie."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2016, with the headline 'Pro-Clinton celebrities staying put after all'. Subscribe