For those who don't want to click on the link, the idea behind the party is that Joss Whedon, the creator of BUFFY, ANGEL, and FIREFLY, is apparently a strong supporter of John Kerry. One of Whedon's fans decided to organize a set of fundraising parties all over the country in support of the Kerry campaign. The sweetener in the pot was that Whedon participated in a conference call from 5 PM to 5:30 PM EDT, and officially registered parties were given the number to call and a special code to prove that they were entitled to participate. The phone call was listen only, but people were allowed to email their questions in advance, and they selected one question per party at most. I'm pleased to note that they used a question from the party we were part of -- one of the attendees had emailed to ask Whedon who Spike would vote for, were Spike eligible to vote.
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I'm a Democrat and can probably guess who I'll be voting for in the election, but despite being politically involved, I'm not very political (if you understand the distinction). So I kind of wondered if Whedon was concerned that his taking a political stand might alienate fans of his who don't agree with his politics.
I'm glad to say that Whedon addressed this very topic at the start of the phone call. He pointed out that he was doing this because he does feel strongly about the election, but at the same time tries to make his TV shows more universal, wanting them to appeal to as many people as possible. And although there were some other recognizable names on the other one of the phone from his shows who obviously are there because they support Kerry, Whedon did note that some actors he works with, such as Adam Baldwin, are not Kerry supporters. Whedon also had some eloquent things to say about how he would address Bush supporters about why he was sponsoring these fundraisers, but since I don't recall exactly what he said I won't even try to quote him, except to say that it was very respectful.
Oh, and as for that question posed before regarding who Spike would vote for? "Probably Nader."