Rather than focus on the movies, music, and TV shows that their audience is interested in, the Teen Choice Awards partnered with Rock the Vote to put on a decidedly political event. In addition to pushing an anti-gun message with #StopTheViolence, audience members were encouraged to pick between Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Comedian Keegan-Michael Key impersonated President Obama, explaining that he was “dressed more on the fleek” to introduce the “first ever teen choice presidential election.” Out came John Cena dressed as Hillary Clinton and Victoria Justice as Donald Trump. Many in the audience laughed, but other teens seemed confused.
The voice impressions didn’t last that long and weren’t that great, especially as all three failed to contain their laughter. Reflecting the discontent the rest of the country feels choosing between Hillary and Trump, the crowd loudly booed when they were told there were no write-ins. “I don’t want to see any of your Biebers, or your Swifts, or your Pokémons,” Key said.
“It is the one chance for your vote to be heard, because it’s your future too,” Justice said. Most of the audience appeared to be too young to vote, but that didn’t stop Rock the Vote and the Teen Choice Awards from getting to them at a young age.
At the end of the show, Key, dressed in a “Don’t Boo, Vote!” T-shirt, declared Clinton to be the winner. Newsbusters declared the awards show was “a get-out-the-vote effort for Hillary Clinton.”
“Once teens cast their vote for “Choice President,” they will have the opportunity to register to vote in November through Rock the Vote’s online voter registration tool or — if they are not yet of age — pledge to Rock the Vote once they turn 18,” according to a statement about the show.