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Justin Timberlake, Hillary Clinton, Jessica Biel
  – Justin Timberlake, Hillary Clinton, Jessica Biel

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is turning heads in Hollywood saying Hillary Clinton’s celebrity supporters “aren’t very hot anymore,” during a rally in Tampa on Wednesday.

“The only people enthusiastic about her campaign are Hollywood celebrities — in many cases celebrities that aren’t very hot anymore — and Wall Street donors, special interests, lobbyists, etcetera that want to control government, not to the benefit of our country, but to the benefit of their wallet.”

Clip from Donald Trump’s Rally in Tampa Florida

We can’t help but feel that these comments are in direct response to the $33k a plate luncheon held at the “aren’t very hot” home of Justin Timberlake the day before. The “Can’t Stop The Feeling” singer and his wife Jessica Biel co-hosted a Hillary Clinton fundraiser with famed music manager/entrepreneur Scooter Braun and his wife Yael Cohen, along with former Spider-Man star Toby Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyer.

This is important to note because the contrast of Trump’s words is staggering when you consider him saying “he would bring “showbiz” to the Republican National Convention,” before sporting a less than desirable VIP list.

Although nine-time Grammy winning Timberlake isn’t “very hot anymore,” he did release “Can’t Stop The Feeling” as a way to spearhead promotion for Dream Works’ animated feature Trolls with 20th Century Fox back in May. Before being authorized as the official intro music for Chelesea Clinton at the Democratic Nation Convention, the song debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Meanwhile famed celebrity Trump supporters like Scott Baio boast “hot” credits like “Foop” from Fairly Odd Parents TV movie, and “Officer Kevin” in Sam and Cat for Nickelodeon in 2014 as his most recent credits. Both are fun roles to have on shows that we do honestly enjoy, but when you compare it to the fact that nearly all of Timberlake’s entire discography peaked on top of the US charts through out his career as a whole, and did in fact top the US charts consistently through the last 10 years, Trumps comments look highly embellished and silly.

Justin Timberlake

“Can’t Stop The Feeling”

From the Trolls soundtrack

RCA Records

 

We haven’t even begun to compare stats with Antonio Sabàto Jr., Trump’s other “hot” supporter from the “showbiz” heavy RNC. Following last month’s RNC, Sabàto Jr. went on record , claiming he was bullied after his appearance. However, this too is another Trump like exaggeration.

In contrast of “aren’t very hot anymore,” Timberlake making Hollywood power moves like writing for, performing on, and overseeing the creative direction of Trolls’ star studded soundtrack for RCA Records, Sabàto Jr. has recently said that Hollywood brass has told him “you’re fired” for his RNC appearance, implying that he was black balled.

Trolls (Justin Timberlake Trailer)

Dream Works/20th Century Fox

While we don’t doubt the backlash was somewhat real socially, Sabàto Jr.’s filmography indicates that he hasn’t worked since appearing on reality shows like Dancing With The Stars in 2014, with his last actual acting role being a guest spot in 2013 for FXX’s The League. Not including the up coming Trolls movie, which will hit theaters the Friday before election day, “aren’t very hot anymore” Timberlake starred or appeared prominently in 3 majorly released feature films, and made several notable TV appearances on NBC through Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live within the same time period of Antonio last appearing as a working actor on FXX to present day. That doesn’t even include Timberlake’s 2 top selling albums and tours that also occurred between then and now.

Breaking this down was the simplest example of Trump’s embellishments that are sadly being taken as fact from his supporters. We didn’t even discuss notable stories of opposition related to Katy Perry, G-Eazy, Macklemore, YG, Rachel Platten, Jessica Sanchez, Queen, Steven Tyler, Mac Miller, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Snoop Dogg, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Elizibeth Banks, or Justin Bieber, who reportedly turned down millions to perform at the RNC. If Trump’s Hollywood statement was that dramatically wrong on face value, what other statements are also misleading supporters that go beyond the scope of a basic music/entertainment journalist?