MTV’s TRL Returned To Get Millennials To Vote For President
To encourage millennials to vote, MTV brought back a new version of the hit '90s show.
MTV resurrected its hit show Total Request Live… kind of, at least.
On Tuesday, September 27, MTV threw back to the '90s show but added a twist. In an attempt to encourage millennials to vote in the upcoming election, for one day, and one day only, TRL was re-aired as Total Registration Live. The bottom line: Your vote matters.
"Millennials can swing this election," MTV News' Senior National Correspondent Jamil Smith said. "If half of millennials vote, just half, the election is really going to be too close to call. But if no millennials vote, it swings to Trump, five points. If all millennials vote, it swings to Clinton, three points."
There was no Carson Daly to host the event, and you didn't have to vote for your favorite song. However, tons of other prominent celebs were in attendance, including Kendall Jenner, Joss Whedon, Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello, Ty Dolla $ign, Common, and many more, alongside MTV personalities.
MTV News' Senior Political Correspondent Ana Marie Cox was outside in Times Square with Jenner, helping attendees register online to vote. When Cox asked Jenner why it was so important to her to help others register, Jenner replied:
"It's really important, our generation has so much power. There are 75 million of us and together we can choose who we want to help make this country what we want it to be. And that means we have to get out and vote."
Powerful guests included Amanda Nguyen, 24, a rape survivor and legislative advocate, Larissa Martinez, a Yale student and undocumented immigrant, and Aisha Yaqoob, 22, founder of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, highlighting some of the biggest platform issues in this election.
"When I was in my last semester of college, I was raped. I remember being so alone when it happened. People tell you to go to the police, go to the hospital, go get help. But what I met with was an inherently broken criminal justice system," Nguyen said. "In Massachusetts, untested rape kits are destroyed in six months even if you have 15 years to press charges. I have to fight every six months in order to save my kit from being destroyed. In some states, survivors are expected to pay for their rape kits, and it can cost up to $2,000. And if they don't pay it, they have creditors calling their homes."
"I realized I could accept the injustice or re-write the law, so I re-wrote it," Nguyen said.