Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer recently campaigned for President Obama, reports The Root:
Spencer, wearing a 2012 T-shirt under a dark blazer and a pin with the president’s image on it, chatted, joked and took pictures with the 30 or so patrons and visitors at Heads Up Barber Shop in Charlotte. When someone said, “I loved you in that movie. Where’s the pie?” referring to the infamous confection that caused so much drama in The Help, Spencer answered, “You don’t want me to cook.” But her election message was serious.
The Montgomery, Ala., native compared the neighborhood scene to the places African Americans gathered when they first won the right to vote. “We cannot forget to show up in November — otherwise, it’s going to be back to where it was in 1980, and [economic policies were based on the] trickle-down effect,” she said as the men, women and children in the shop listened. “That’s what Mitt Romney proposes, that the rich continue to flourish and we wait for it to trickle down to us. Now, I don’t know about you, but I haven’t felt that trickle yet.”
The Tea Party movement came in for some jabs, too. “I am a Southerner, and I loved tea at one point,” Spencer said. “Now it has a very different flavor.”