Amanda Palmer has started making Cameo videos to raise money in support of the Biden/Harris campaign. All of the money from the videos will go straight to the campaign, she said in an Instagram post.
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then YAY. after years of resistance, i just joined @cameo, for one reason: to raise as much money as possible over the next week to DEFEAT TRUMP. cameo s a great little app – i’ve been friends with some folks there for years – and i’m finally using it to create custom videos for people at $250 a pop for a limited time. ALL the money is going straight to the biden/harris campaign, so let’s DO THIS PEOPLE, the requests are already rolling in and i’m gonna have a blast with this. no idea is too weird. i’ll cross-post some of the funner ones here on insta. just download the cameo app and book me ASAP….i’m only doing a limited number of these. my user name there is the same as my TikTok account: @ TheAmandaPalmer. some ideas: -send a video as a surprise to a friend who’s a fan and feeling down…. -buy a loving message from me for your favorite amanda palmer HATER! -give someone a birthday song from me! (ukulele! piano! you tell me!)…. -get some early christmas shopping done and BUY THEM AN AMANDA PALMER video. -send me a poem or quote (not a long one, include a link or title so i can google) and i’ll read it!… -ask me to play a verse of a favorite song just for you…. -give someone a miscarriage or abortion get well message! -if you have an amanda palmer fan in your life, buy them a video now and save it for a birthday, anniversary or christmas. there are no rules about how far ahead you can think…. obviously, you can get REAL CREATIVE with this. OK LET’S DO THIS PEOPLE!!! 🌊🌊🌊blue tsunami here we come.
Palmer, who was the lead vocalist, pianist and lyricist of The Dresden Dolls, is charging $250 per video via Cameo, which is a video sharing website that allows celebrities to send personalized video messages to fans. Her name on Cameo is TheAmandaPalmer.
Palmer said she’s only going to be making the videos for a limited amount of time. Three hours after making the post, she said she was already almost sold out of videos, and that when she’s done, she will have raised $10,000 for the Biden/Harris campaign. Palmer said fans can request a video for any reason, from a birthday or Christmas present to a “get well soon” message.
In August, Palmer announced she will be going on a short New Zealand tour. She moved to New Zealand shortly before the COVID-19 lockdown began and the country has given the go-ahead for her to start performing again, as the virus is essentially under control there. She played her last pre-lockdown show in Christchurch in March and played her first show since quarantine in New Zealand in July.
In May, she had announced her intention to reunite with Brian Viglione to record a new Dresden Dolls album and go on a reunion tour in 2021, but had to scrap that plan because of the pandemic. The band’s last release was their 2008 album No, Virginia… The duo instead reunited to cover the Muppets’ “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday.”
Last month, Palmer teamed up with Rhiannon Giddens to cover Portishead’s “It’s a Fire” from their 1994 album Dummy. She also released a cover of Frank Sinatra’s “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.”
In other election-related news, Demi Lovato recently partnered with the Lincolnn Project, an anti-Trump political committee created by Republicans, to release a video for her latest single “Commander In Chief.” Weird Al Yankovic released a parody video of the Presidential debate featuring him acting as the moderator.
Ice Cube said he isn’t endorsing anyone for the upcoming presidential election following a comment from Trump administration senior official Katrina Pierson in which she thanked him “for his willingness to step up and work with Donald Trump” on The Platinum Plan, a plan that is set to help create 3 million jobs for Black Americans, make Juneteenth a national holiday and more.
Kanye West also recently released his first campaign ad, just 22 days before the election.
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