American comedians have had a long-standing tradition of commenting on the political scene of the time. Their satirical commentaries have been both gentle and vicious and have entertained and rattled the political establishment in equal measure.
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Causes and Controversies
Entertainers in the twentieth century have been involved in a wide range of causes that on occasion have led to clashes and controversies. Popular performers such as Bob Hope have taken the lead in raising money to support the war effort and risked their lives entertaining troops at the front lines. There has been a long-standing tradition of political expression in music, theater, and dance. During the 1960s, entertainers on opposite ends of the political spectrum stepped beyond the traditional performing stage to enter more directly into the political fray, often at the risk of alienating their fans.
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Blurring of the Lines
In contemporary times there has been a blurring of lines between the two worlds of entertainment and politics. After the end of World War II, performers represented the U.S. government abroad in cultural diplomacy initiatives. In ensuing decades, entertainers have run for high public office, barriers between the once separate domains of news and entertainment programs have fallen, and the electoral process increasingly has become infused with entertainment values.
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