30 Examples Of Activist Celebrities Who Use Their Fame for Good

There are celebrities who use their fame for good and then there are those who don’t. The ones that use their fame to bring attention to important causes and help make the world a better place are definitely worth mentioning.

In recent years there has been an increased use of celebrities bringing attention to different problems. Follow us as we dive into the most extensive list of celebrity activists.

Celebrity Activism Examples

Celebrity Activists have risked it all for what they know is right, and now we’re taking this opportunity to honor them. These celebrities are fighting for the causes close to their hearts daily.

Scarlett Johansson – Oxfam

Johansson has been a longtime supporter of Oxfam, an international organization that works to end poverty and injustice around the world. In 2014, she was appointed as a Global Ambassador for the organization and has since participated in various campaigns and fundraising efforts.

Emma Watson – UN Women

Watson is a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women and has been involved in numerous campaigns to promote gender equality. In September 2014, she gave a powerful speech at the UN General Assembly calling for more action to be taken to support women’s rights.

George Clooney – Not On Our Watch

Clooney is the co-founder of Not On Our Watch, an organization that works to stop mass atrocities and human rights violations around the globe. The organization has been involved in relief efforts for countries such as Sudan, Congo, and Haiti.

Angelina Jolie – UNHCR

Jolie is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In this role, she has visited refugee camps around the world and advocated for more support from the international community.

Bono – ONE Campaign

Bono is the co-founder of ONE Campaign, an advocacy group that works to end poverty and preventable disease in Africa. The organization raises awareness about the issues faced by Africans and lobbies governments to take action.

Matt Damon – Water.org

Damon is the co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit organization that works to provide safe water and sanitation to people in developing countries. The organization has helped millions of people gain access to clean water and proper sanitation.

Ben Affleck – Eastern Congo Initiative

Affleck is the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a grantmaking and advocacy organization that supports programs and initiatives in eastern Congo. The organization works to promote peace and stability in the region and improve the lives of those who live there.

Oprah Winfrey – Oprah’s Angel Network

Winfrey is the founder of Oprah’s Angel Network, a charity that provides financial and emotional support to individuals, families, and organizations around the world. The organization has helped build schools, provide relief to victims of natural disasters, and support other causes.

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These are just a few of the celebrity activists that are making a difference in the world. Be sure to check out the rest of the list to see who else is using their fame for good.

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Selena Gomez and her mother, Mandy Teefey, started the non-profit Hands To Speak for victims of sexual assault, as well as their families.

  • Ellen Degeneres and other Hollywood stars wrote op-eds supporting Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, including Lena Dunham and America Ferrara.
  • Charlize Theron opened an African youth education center in 2011 after visiting Africa and seeing the needs firsthand.

Kim Kardashian advocates for prison sentencing reform, reportedly lobbying President Obama to commute the life sentences of non-violent drug offenders.

After being affected by his mother’s battle with breast cancer, Ryan Reynolds built a gym for women in Montreal and, in 2011, co-founded the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Big Slick” celebrity gala.

Leonardo DiCaprio has also been very outspoken in his environment support, notably after winning an Oscar for “The Revenant.”

He has met with political leaders to discuss climate change and was a speaker at the U.N.’s Climate Summit last year.

Queen Latifah is a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, having marched for gay pride and spoken at various fundraisers.

Taylor Swift has been a public advocate for various. She has been an activist for both LGBTQ rights and gender equality. She also spoke up about the sexual assault case in court that involved former DJ David Mueller.

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More Celebrity Activists

There are many more famous activists to unpack:

Ava DuVernay

She produced an Oscar-nominated documentary called The 13th, which describes America’s history with mass incarceration. It was directed by her and released in 2016.


She wrote an open letter that got published in Billboard titled “Gender Equality Is A Myth,” where she stated:

“We need to stop buying into the myth about sexual equality, and it isn’t real.” She later mentions how society teaches women not to be self-confident, saying it is okay to feel superior instead of inferior compared to others, and everyone has their unique gifts and talents.

Bernie Sanders

In the 1960s, during his college years, he participated in the civil rights movement by organizing sit-ins to protest segregation.

He got arrested during a civil rights demonstration for resisting arrest in August 1963, where he was an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (he received a citation for this ).

Billy Crystal

He has been one of the biggest supporters for raising awareness about bullying.

He was bullied when he was a kid and has spoken out about how it affected him growing up, wanting to end it for future generations (he even wrote a book titled “My Survival in Bullying.”)

Brad Pitt

Why he’s influential: He is on the Board of Directors for (RED), which I just mentioned, and produces a documentary titled The Eleven O’Clock about some children who work in diamond mines. 

Chris Evans

When Chris was younger, he got bullied so much that his mother considered transferring him (he noted in an interview that she yelled at them during one incident).

In 2011 when Tyler Clementi died due to bullying, Evans recorded an anti-bullying PSA where he stated how we should get rid of bullying once and for all since it’s “no longer cool.”

Chris Pine

At the Sundance Film Festival, he received an award for his role in Chasing Ice’s documentary about climate change.  

Chuck D

He has helped raise money for homeless veterans and even rallied against the United States military involvement because of how many soldiers died fighting in wars for foreign reasons or purposes (he called this country out as being “The Great Satan”).

Cindy Crawford

Many people would remember her husband Rande Gerber opening up a non-profit organization to help homeless and displaced women in 2007, which he named after his wife (called “House of Cindy & Rande”).

Colbie Caillat

In 2010, she recorded a song for the Save The Whales project called “Save Your Heart,” She wrote songs about helping whales from extinction. 

Dakota Johnson

In high school, her classmates bullied her because of her size and appearance. She was so sick of it that she even said: “I couldn’t handle it.”

Danny DeVito

He portrayed a character in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia trying to take down an entire high school by revealing their secrets about how they bullied one unlucky kid and ruined his life.

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So there you have it, 30 celebrities who use their fame for good. These celebs are using their platform to bring attention to important causes and make the world a better place. What more could you ask for?

Do you know of any other celebrity activists that should be on this list? And remember, every little bit helps when it comes to making the world a better place. So don’t be afraid to get out there and start activism yourself. Who knows, maybe one day your name will be on this list.


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