On Tuesday night, Sen. John Kerry’s daughters Alexandra and Vanessa hosted a fund-raiser concert in L.A. at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre, where Tinseltown Democrats rocked the vote with acoustic performances by Tenacious D, Liz Phair and Dave Grohl. The $150-a-ticket affair yielded a young, dressed-down crowd, including Colin Hanks, Joy Bryant and Lance Bass, many of whom were happy to dish on the fashion pros and cons of being a Republican vs. a Democrat.
“I think it trickles down to even your fashion sense,” said Jason Biggs, revealing his concerns about buttoned-up Republicans. “They’re a little too conservative. Would you see this much cleavage at a Bush fund-raiser? Absolutely not.”
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Bryant agreed that when it comes to fashion, Republicans have already lost the race.
“It’s always the basic blue blazer with the red tie,” she said. “After a while, they’re a little stuffy.”
Jack Black griped about the conservatives’ Western look.
“Look, I don’t want to polarize, but I’m not really into cowboy boots and rhinestones,” he said. “I don’t like my clothes bedazzled.”
So what does Black vote for in the wardrobe department? The same grey custom-designed Pro-Kerry T-shirt that he’s worn to most events for the past month, including a sit-down dinner honoring Gwyneth Paltrow. “It fits my body type,” he said.
For Boston native Eliza Dushku, the presidential race hits close to home. She recalled meeting Kerry at an airport when she was only 10.
“He’s my Massachusetts man,” she vouched. “He had me at ‘Hello.’”