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She's a major movie star who is great friends with Drew Barrymore and is on the board of Declare Yourself (www.DeclareYourself.com), a campaign created to raise the awareness of voting. Cameron Diaz makes a passionate plea to the country—why it's important for each and every one of us to vote.

"I feel like apathy did not create this country, but it is definitely going to destroy it…. We can all say, 'Well, it doesn't matter to me, because, you know, it doesn't affect me. Nobody ever does anything for me.' … This country isn't about other people doing stuff for you. It's about you doing it for yourself. That's what this country was built on."

During the show taping, Cameron is overwhelmed by emotion.

Oprah: Cameron is having a moment. What is this about?

Cameron: Well, I'm so proud of my friend [Drew Barrymore]. She took a whole year out of her busy schedule. She's a producer, she's an actor…she did this to take the time to educate people about it. And then I started listening to people saying, 'Oh, I don't vote because it just doesn't affect me. And I just got overwhelmed, because I think this is the best country in the world. And it just scares me that we're just going to squander it all away. That we're going to lay down and let people take it away from us.

Oprah: I am very, very afraid.

Cameron: I'm really scared. I don't know if you guys know this about our country…but people—we're all alone right now. And, where we used to be the strongest in the world, we're alone. So, that's the beginning of something terrible, and so it's very important to go out there.

Oprah: I know. You're afraid of what's going to happen if people do not vote.
FROM: Oprah's Voting Party
Published on September 29, 2004


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