This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com.
For 100 days, Ryan Gosling’s Twitter account has gone untouched, until his 35th birthday on Thursday when he asked his fans to “do him a solid” and share a video of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
The clip that the award-winning heart-throb, actor, film director, screenwriter, musician and businessman asked to be shared?
A heartfelt hug between Senator Bernie Sanders and a Muslim-American student at Virginia’s George Mason University.
For my birthday… Could you do me a solid and pass this around? https://t.co/EByak8o1Vi
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) November 12, 2015
The student had told Sanders that she is “looking to change the world,” and asked the candidate about his right-wing opponents who are constantly bashing Muslims like herself in the media.
Sanders then told the student, in a most genuine manner:
“I’m Jewish. My father’s family died in concentration camps. I will do everything I can to rid this country of the ugly stain of racism which has existed for far too many years.”
He went on to discuss racism, and how politicians use the hatred to pit people against each other and create division. Sanders, however, stated:
“Our job is to build a nation in which we all stand together as one people.”
In September, the Sanders campaign listed 128 celebrities who had endorsed the Vermont senator for the presidency, including other big name actors such as Will Ferrell, Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis, John C. Reilly, and Patton Oswalt.
“As artists and citizens we believe it is time for government to once again represent the people and not just big money,” Adam McKay, Ferrell’s writing partner for his most popular films, such as Anchorman, wrote in a statement about the endorsements.
“Bernie Sanders is the only candidate speaking against the widespread legalized corruption that has handed our government to billionaires, large corporations and banks.”
However, hours later Gosling did tweet out that his request to share the video was not an endorsement.
I'm not endorsing a political candidate btw. It's more the talking and listening I'm a fan of.
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) November 13, 2015
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