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These Celebrities Got Real About Economic Inequality

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    Celebrities might not be the first people who come to mind when you think about economic inequality, but a number of A-listers have made powerful statements on the subject.

    And their words matter. For 21% of millennial women, economic inequality is the most important issue this election season, according to Refinery29 and ABC News' Vote Your Values poll.

    The topic is important to the 2016 presidential candidates, as well. Donald Trump's tax plan includes "reducing or eliminating most deductions and loopholes available to the very rich," according to his campaign website. In 2015, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said that "99% of all new income generated today goes to the top 1%," and he's frequently discussed income inequality on the campaign trail. And former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also proposed increasing tax rates for the wealthy and raising the minimum wage.

    Some of Hollywood's biggest names have spoken out on the topic, either by sharing their own pre-fame backstories, or by encouraging equal pay for women. Click through to see what celebrities have said about income inequality. We'll update this slideshow with more viewpoints, so check back as the election season continues.


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    Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, and Maya Rudolph

    In a 2014 video directed by Adam McKay, three cartoon alpacas — voiced by Poehler, Silverman, and Rudolph — help explain income inequality in the United States. The video, released by We the Economy, features the alpacas entering the workforce after graduation. The alpaca whose father works at the lollipop company is given a six-figure management position, while the other two are told there aren't job opportunities for them with the company — at least, not in their country.

    "The rich pay lower tax rates than ever, but minimum wage hasn't kept up with inflation," Poehler's alpaca says in the video. The clip also features a lollipop explaining how the U.S. economy has changed since the 1970s — check it out for yourself, above.

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