Amid the government shutdown, many celebrities have taken things into their own hands to help the federally-funded employees who are not getting paid. Jimmy Kimmel, Nile Rodgers and KISS are just a few of the celebrities who are offering free concerts, services and jobs during the crisis.
According to Billboard, more than 800,000 federal employees are not getting paid. The shutdown has lasted for over a month and has become the longest in US history.
For starters, KISS are giving back to TSA employees. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have announced that TSA workers will be able to get a hot meal at Rock & Brews Restaurants in the airports in which they work for free.
Jimmy Kimmel also announced that he will be hiring one federal employee every day until the end of the government shutdown.
Additionally, disco star, Nile Rodgers has offered 600 free tickets to his concert in Maryland for those currently not getting paid under the shutdown.
“Like many people, I’m frustrated by what’s happening and my heart goes out to these incredibly hard-working people who provide important service to our country, yet have had their lives, disrupted by circumstances, not of their doing,” Rodgers says on his website. “As a two-time cancer survivor, I believe music has a tremendous power and this is a small gesture I can make to provide some joy and healing. In one of my biggest songs I wrote, “We Are Family, I’ve got all my sisters with me”, I consider all of these people to be my brothers and sisters and I hope this lets them know that we are 100% behind them.”
Federal government employees affected also have opportunities to see Beautiful the Carole King Musical on Broadway for free on select nights, as well as various orchestras and symphonies across the country. According to Billboard, the Seattle, Spokane, Philadelphia, Boston, Akron, Georgia, Hawaii, Des Moines, Omaha, Georgia, Dallas, and Grand Rapids symphonies are all offering free admission.
Additionally, many celebrities have simply voiced their opinion about the government shutdown. Just a few days ago, Cardi B spoke out about the federal employees who aren’t getting paid. The rapper additionally shut down right-wing broadcaster Tomi Lahren in a series of tweets.
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