Kanye West and other entertainers with political aspirations

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Kanye West announced his presidential bid over the weekend. From Cynthia Nixon to Aishah, here's a list of other celebs with political ambitions. Photo: Agencies

On July 4, American rapper Kanye West announced his decision to run for president. But celebs dabbling in politics is nothing new.

For one, current US president Donald Trump was a fixture on business reality series The Apprentice, hosting the show for 14 seasons.

Here's a list of other entertainers with political aspirations:

Cynthia Nixon (third from left) played lawyer Miranda Hobbes in 'Sex And The City'.Cynthia Nixon (third from left) played lawyer Miranda Hobbes in 'Sex And The City'.

Cynthia Nixon

Did you know Sex And The City (SATC) star Cynthia Nixon ran to become the Governor of New York in 2018? Nixon, who has been a long-time education activist, eventually lost to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Interestingly, her SATC character, tough, career-driven Miranda Hobbes, made its way into her campaign merchandise including a t-shirt that read 'I'm a Miranda and I'm voting for Cynthia."

She tells Time the reason for the move: "People know me as Miranda, and I share a lot in common with her. I think it was kind of a shorthand for saying, ‘Women like me are stepping up and are outspoken and are warriors and crusaders in the way that Miranda was.’”

Nixon is making her return to TV on the upcoming Netflix series, Ratched.

The action movie star went from 'Terminator' to 'Governator'. Photo: AFPThe action movie star went from 'Terminator' to 'Governator'. Photo: AFP

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is perhaps the most famous American celeb-turned-politician after Trump.

The bodybuilding champ and Terminator actor made international headlines when he was named Governor of California in 2003. He was re-elected as governor in 2006 and completed his second term in 2011.

During his political career, Schwarzenegger was nicknamed the Governator - geddit?

Clay Aiken

They say celebrities and politics don't mix. Season Two American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken (pic) was fully prepared to lose his fanbase when he ran for office.

He ran for Congress as a Democrat in his hometown North Carolina in 2014.

He shared with The News & Observer: “I said (to myself), ‘If you’re going to go into this, you have to be willing to never sing again.’”

The Invisible hitmaker lost the election but has not given up his passion for politics. He currently hosts a politics podcast.Aishah ran for the Jempol parliamentary seat during GE13. Photo: FilepicAishah ran for the Jempol parliamentary seat during GE13. Photo: Filepic


Janji Manismu hitmaker Aishah was a PAS candidate vying for the Jempol parliamentary seat in GE13.

She lost to Barisan Nasional candidate, the former Negeri Sembilan Chief Minister, Mohd Isa Abdul Samad. She later joined Parti Amanah Negara in 2015.

In 2017, she won the fourth season of reality singing series, Gegarvaganza. In 2018, she announced her decision to step away from politics to focus on her singing career.

Jo-Anna Sue Henley RampasJo-anna Rampas had singing experience before contesting for the Kiulu state seat in GE14. Photo: FilepicJo-anna Rampas had singing experience before contesting for the Kiulu state seat in GE14. Photo: Filepic

Jo-Anna had a brief stint in the entertainment arena. It began when she joined the Unduk Ngadau beauty pageant just after secondary school.

She later took part in singing competition Bintang RTM in 2009 and earned the runner-up spot, losing to Ernie Zakri.

During GE14, the law graduate was the Parti Warisan Sabah candidate for the Kiulu state seat. She lost to Parti Bersatu Sabah's Joniston Bangkuai.

She currently serves as a political secretary to Sabah's Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mood Shafie Apdal and Warisan's deputy women's wing chief.

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr, the star of 1980s sitcom Roseanne (and later, its revival in 2018), ran for president in 2012.

She was the presidential candidate for the leftwing political party, The Peace And Freedom Party. Barr didn't win but managed to amass nearly 68,000 votes.

Star of sitcom 'Roseanne' ran for president back in 2012.Star of sitcom 'Roseanne' ran for president back in 2012.

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