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Politically minded celebrities are never an anomaly — George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio have been around for decades. But the barrage of police violence, natural disasters, terrorism, and ugly political rhetoric of 2015 has fired up longtime activist artists and inspired other performers to take a stand. Some issues are timely (the 2016 elections are almost here), and others are evergreen (gender equality and racism will always be important issues).
Here are 21 inspiring quotes from celebrities that you can point to the next time someone says that famous people should stay out of politics.
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