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Happy Independence Day! It’s July 4th once again, folks, and in honor of the U.S.’s birthday, here’s a list of your favorite celebs who truly embody the American spirit.
10. Jon Stewart
The hilarious host of The Daily Show may look at our country’s political system with a sarcastic sense of humor, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a true patriot at heart. Stewart is among the board of directors of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and his Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear with friend and colleague Stephen Colbert was meant as a serious spring-board for political awareness among America’s youths.
9. Miley Cyrus
As the daughter of all-American Billy-Ray Cyrus, it’s clear that red-white-and-blue blood runs in this family. Miley’s 2009 record “Party in the USA” was not only a smash hit of that summer, but the video of course featured the singer belting the lyrics in front of a huge American flag. And, did we mention her assistance to the American Red Cross after the earthquake in Japan last year? This starlet is a true American.
Though not an American herself, the Barbados-born singer showed her support for the country she lives and works in by donning several stars-and-stripes themed outfits recently. Way to go, Rhi-Rhi!
7. Meryl Streep
Okay, I’ll be honest, Meryl’s appearing here because of the American flag dress she donned on the red carpet in 2009 (that only she could truly pull off). But I’ll take any chance to express my love for Meryl, and she’s obviously expressing her love for the U.S. here.
6. Katy Perry
Katy often wears American flag-themed outfits, including a form-fitting one-sleeved dress she donned this year, in her performances. And, in 2010, she performed at the USO Presents: VH1 Divas Salute the Troops wearing a sexy American flag halter top. Ms. Perry shows her American spirit in more ways than one.
5. Carrie Underwood
The former American Idol winner shows her American spirit through her music. In addition to performing the Star Spangled Banner at many sporting events, including Super Bowl XLIV, her own songs often deal with patriotic themes. Underwood also often performs in USO shows for American troops abroad. This American beauty has a big heart.
4. Jessica Simpson
Simpson has been around since the late 90s, and she has spent her entire career traveling to various countries to perform for the U.S. Military. And if that wasn’t patriotic enough, she was personally invited by Michelle Obama to perform in a new initiative for the families of American soldiers who are far from home. Simpson never turns down an opportunity to support her country.
3. Lady Gaga
Aside from the stars-and-stripes bikini she wore in her “Telephone” video, Lady Gaga is highly involved in American politics, using her fame to draw attention to important issues and causes. She was very involved in the movement to appeal the U.S. Military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, including a speech at the National Equality March in 2010 and a PSA for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Lady Gaga’s patriotism comes through in her fight for equality for all Americans.
As if rocking the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl in 2004, weren’t enough, B’s American spirit was called into play when she was personally invited by President Obama to perform at his inauguration ceremony. She continued her relationship with the First Family when she wrote a song specifically for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to fight obesity in American youth. Furthermore, she covered “God Bless the U.S.A” last year, and all proceeds go to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. Combine all that with the American Flag dress she wore in Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video, and Beyoncé is one true American.
1. Bruce Springsteen
Sorry B, but you can’t get much more American than the Boss. Springsteen’s loyalty to his New Jersey hometown is one thing, but his 1984 album and single, both titled “Born in the USA,” solidified his reputation as America’s most patriotic rock star, as he tries to make us a better country by realizing our faults. Springsteen is the hero of the American every-man.