If you have listened to the radio or watched a movie over the last 20 years or just simply have a teenage daughter, then there is a chance you know who Justin Timberlake is. The celebrity who has moved from the Mickey Mouse Club all the way up the entertainment chain to the A-list, has found a way into the homes of just about every American. Timberlake has inspired people to be giving and kind to those in need, setting a world record in 2009 for his support in Shiners Hospital for Children, and now sets out to inspire the young in our country to vote.

Using the message “RocktheVote” and social media to inspire new voters in standing for what they believe, Timberlake practices what he preaches by taking time out of his busy celebrity life to travel home to cast an early vote in Tennessee. For his effort to be one of the more responsible role models in mainstream entertainment, he was met with a slap in the face by his home state. In Timberlake’s home state of Tennessee, where he returned to cast his early vote, he was also viewed as a criminal for reaching out to new voters by posting a selfie of himself while doing his American duty.

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Unable to find any laws or policies to know for certain if Timberlake was the true violator of a crime, I brought myself back to the “alleged” criminal photo (posted above.) Studying this photo for over an hour, I finally got to the point where I just laughed! In a country of EXTREME freedom, where we allow corporations to be recognized as living people, allowed to give money to politicians, and at a time when we have the most unpopular presidential candidates ever, we have an issue with man doing the right thing. I tried to be very biased about this topic, but since the photo in question in no way shows any personal information allowing Timberlake to push voters to either side of the voting pool, all I can say is “how immensely sad!” If you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, Timberlake did only one thing here, inspire!

With social media moving the important topics of our nation through Twitter, Facebook and other online media such as The Young Turks, and with transparency more needed than ever, we should be honoring such bold statements as this. The government ran by the people and for the people should think more clearly if laws against such actions are better for this country or merely divide us more. Just maybe, positive role models like Justin Timberlake, should be rewarded for supporting his nation and not punished. Bravo Justin, bravo!

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