Celebs take sides in 2004

Showbiz wore its politics on its sleeve at events and out on the campaign trail this election year.

Michael Stipe modeled his “Bush is over” T-shirt for the cameras at Air America launch in March and by mid-summer the political garb was multiplying at events.

The politically charged “Fahrenheit 911″ drew celebs from the Cannes unspooling on through Stateside bows, while left-leaning industryites flocked to preems for “The Hunting of the President” and “Outfoxed.” Showbizzers hit the campaign trail in force, with Ben Affleck all but abandoning his sputtering career to stump for John Kerry. Back at home, industryites hosted high-priced fundraisers at private estates.

In the end, the candidate who shunned Hollywood the most prevailed for the conservatives, while showbiz’s biggest Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger, flexed his muscles during his first year as California governor.

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