July 8, 2019 at 4:27 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Gay singer Casey Spooner announces U.S. presidential bid
Casey Spooner. (Photo via Instagram)

Singer Casey Spooner, one-half of the electronic music duo Fischerspooner, has announced he will be running for president in an announcement on Instagram.

“I don’t expect to win, but I do expect to make a difference,” the out singer says in a video. “As a working artist the only way I know how to deal with our current political crisis is to go towards the problem. I’ve been complacent in the past. No more. My own complacency has been a product of my white privilege combined with my distrust of the political system. And by never having felt an immediate threat to me or my lifestyle. I’ve never gotten involved. That ends now.”

He added, “The point for me isn’t about winning. It’s about understanding and growing. It’s about shifting the narrative. It’s about demystifying the system for others.”

After announcing his run, Spooner posted a photo of himself at Fire Island Pines, N.Y. “protesting a prison themed circuit party.” Spooner is wrapped in a red, white and blue sheet sitting next to signs that read “black and brown people are systematically incarcerated for profit” and “this is not satire.”

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