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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 11:16 PM        "I'm Richard Gere, and I'm Speaking for the Entire Worl
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...1/s1277796.htm

Richard Gere's election appeal perplexes Palestinians
Many Palestinian voters, already struggling with the labyrinthine politics of the West Bank and Gaza, say they have never heard of Richard Gere who has been recruited to urge them to vote in elections this weekend.

Well known for his vocal support of Tibet's Dalai Lama and celebrated for his captivating good looks, Gere urged Palestinians in a television commercial broadcast ahead of Sunday's poll in the West Bank and Gaza to get out to vote for a new president to succeed Yasser Arafat, who died in November.

"Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. We're with you during this election time. It's really important. Get out and vote," Gere said in the advertisement. He repeated the final phrase in Arabic.

"I don't even know who the candidates are other than Mahmoud Abbas, let alone this Gere," Gaza soap factory worker Manar An Najar told Reuters.

"We don't need the Americans' intervention. We know who to elect. Not like them - they elected a moron."

Moderate Fatah faction candidate Mahmoud Abbas is the frontrunner to succeed Yasser Arafat in the first Palestinian election since 1996.

The Gere spot, sponsored by grassroots Israeli-Palestinian peace lobby One Voice, recalled ads put out by Hollywood notables to support Democratic candidate Senator John Kerry in November's US elections.

He lost to President George W Bush.

The actor's Los Angeles-based spokesman, Alan Nierob, said Gere has visited the Middle East several times during the past year "just educating himself" about the region.

He said the 15-second public service announcement was taped in New York in recent months on behalf of One Voice after the non-profit group asked Gere to do the spot.

Gere, 55, said in a statement that while he is not "officially associated" with One Voice, he felt that "this is a truly historic moment for the Palestinians as well as for the entire region, with the possibility for a real vision of peace and security for all people".

Gere, star of American Gigolo and Pretty Woman, was last seen in theatres with Jennifer Lopez in the film Shall We Dance.

He is due to appear with actress Juliette Binoche in the upcoming family drama Bee Season.

-Reuters

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Old Jan 7th, 2005, 06:16 AM       
somehow the whole thing sounds like something from the Onion, though that's probably because the author exploited the obvious comedic value.

American celebrities cheering on Palestinian voters? Whose stupid idea was that?
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Old Jan 7th, 2005, 10:44 AM       
If you're waiting to be urged by x or y celebrity before you go vote then you must be really really stupid.
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Old Jan 7th, 2005, 11:27 AM       
While I think it was a pointless waste of money, I have nothing against the idea of a Gere spot urging Palestinians to vote. At very least it has a high value as black comedy.

But the 'speaking for the entire world' line... I mean, somebody wrote that. Somebody concieved of that, somebody proofed it, somebody approved of it. That's just bizarre.
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Old Jan 7th, 2005, 04:33 PM       
I'm Cosmo Electrolux and I speak for the entire world.....send pics of your tit's to Cosmo, care of this station. Good night, and God bless.
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Old Jan 7th, 2005, 08:15 PM       
Max, Richard Gere isn't black.
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Old Jan 7th, 2005, 09:24 PM       
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"We don't need the Americans' intervention. We know who to elect. Not like them - they elected a moron."
- Richard Gere speaks for the entire world, not just deluted Hollywood actors.
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Old Jan 7th, 2005, 11:27 PM       
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Max, Richard Gere isn't black.
YES HE IS YOU RACIST MOTHERFUCKER!!!!
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Old Jan 12th, 2005, 05:38 PM       
Who's speaking for the gerbil community, then?! :recycled
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