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‘Lord of the Rings’ Hobbit backs Missouri candidate for Congress —​ gets ‘ticked off’

Sean Astin at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January.
Sean Astin at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January. Photo by Chris Pizzello

Kind of makes sense that the Hobbits from the Shire would be environmentalists.

As such, Frodo Baggins’ best friend in “The Lord of the Rings,” Samwise Gamgee — also known as actor Sean Astin — has endorsed Missouri’s Renee Hoagenson in her bid to defeat incumbent Rep. Vicky Hartzler in the midterm race to represent Missouri’s 4th Congressional District.

Hoagenson is a Democrat, running for a House seat in a district that President Donald Trump won with nearly 70 percent of the vote in 2016. But Astin, a passionate environmentalist, admired Hoagenson’s call to care following a United Nations report on global warming.

The report warned that Earth could hit a point of no return, with catastrophic consequences, if carbon emissions are not drastically cut by the year 2030.

“We must not continue to ignore our environment!” Hoagenson tweeted. “Our children and grandchildren depend on our response now!”

That caught Astin’s eye. He tweeted his endorsement on Oct. 15.

@ReneeHoagenson is running for the House of Representatives in Missouri. She is talking about the environment even when it’s not popular to do so. I’ve watched her videos and from what I’ve seen, America would be lucky to have her in Congress.”

Then when few seemed to react, he turned dark wizard, chiding his nearly 330,000 followers for not retweeting, accusing them of laziness.

“When I mention a Pro-Climate Candidate like @ReneeHoagenson and only 90 of my 330,000 followers ‘like’ comment & retweet, I get pretty ticked off.”

Hoagenson appreciated the support, thanking Astin for both his endorsement and a donation.

But out in the “real” world of the Twittersphere, commenters reminded the actor — who also had roles in “The Goonies” and “Rudy” — that Twitter followers are not the same as actual followers.

Wrote one, “Maybe they didn’t realize you were issuing orders.”

Another: “Taking that ‘Followers’ thing literally.”

A third: “You forgot to remind folks that you’re an actor.”

Then there was one, with a short clip and quote from the character Gollum:

“Stupid, fat Hobbit.”

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