Sections: Political Humor | Causes and Controversies | Blurring of the Lines 

Entertainers in the twentieth century have been involved in a wide range of causes that on occasion have led to clashes and controversies. Popular performers such as Bob Hope have taken the lead in raising money to support the war effort and risked their lives entertaining troops at the front lines. There has been a long-standing tradition of political expression in music, theater, and dance. During the 1960s, entertainers on opposite ends of the political spectrum stepped beyond the traditional performing stage to enter more directly into the political fray, often at the risk of alienating their fans.