Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, and actresses Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington will be among the secret scheduled speakers at the Democratic National Convention. Douglas, 16, who won gold twice in London — as well as much of America’s heart (except the Tea Party’s, who claimed Douglas wasn’t showing sufficient patriotism) — will be leading the pledge of allegiance tonight. Not exactly a “speaking” role, but who knows what could happen.
When asked if she was nervous about leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention’s Wednesday night proceedings, 16-year-old Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas told Politico:
“Not really. I’m just going to go out there, be myself and have fun.”
And CNN reports:
Though several celebrities are slated to attend the DNC, appearances by Johansson, Portman and Washington would surely invite special political scrutiny.
All three are popular, award-winning actresses and among Hollywood’s most bankable stars. But perhaps more importantly, all three represent demographics that Democrats hope to win by wide margins: women and young voters.
Johansson is 27 years old, Portman is 31 and Washington is 35.
Should the actresses take the stage supporting the president it could help Democrats present a picture of inclusiveness and diversity within the party. Johansson and Portman are white, Washington is African-American.
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