While media coverage of the Ebola crisis has simmered down in the United States, the virus is still prevalent elsewhere—a fact that’s emphasized in a new PSA for the Ebola Survival Fund featuring the cast of the Hunger Games films.
Fifty years ago, Lesley Gore released “You Don’t Own Me,” a feminist anthem that includes lines like, “don’t tell me what to do, don’t tell me what to say.” Now, the song is being re-purposed for a PSA urging women to vote in the midterm elections.
The PSA, which begins with an introduction by Gore herself, features dozens of women—including famous feminists like Lena Dunham, Natasha Lyonne, and Tracee Ellis Ross—ip-syncing to “You Don’t Own Me.” READ FULL STORY
Orlando Bloom, Kristen Stewart, and Rihanna all appeared together during the VMAs last night—but not onstage.
The three stars, along with many others including Lady Gaga and Kristen Dunst, were featured in an anti-smoking commercial that aired during the awards show. The commercial, made by the Truth campaign, calls out stars for smoking cigarettes by showing candid, mostly unflattering photos of the offending celebrities holding cigarettes in their mouths or hands. Text reading “UNPAID TOBACCO SPOKESPERSON” flashes over each photo. READ FULL STORY
Daniel Craig and Steve Carell are joining President Obama in urging men to stand up against sexual assault.
So are Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers, and Vice President Biden, who appear in the White House-sponsored PSA “1 is 2 Many.” In the clip below, the celebrities ask men to recognize the violence happening against “our sisters and our daughters, our wives and our friends.”
“If she doesn’t consent, or can’t consent, it’s rape. It’s assault,” says Del Toro. Adds Carell: “It’s a crime. It’s wrong.”
They encourage anyone witnessing an act of sexual assault to say something or help the victim, becoming part of the solution, not the problem.
“This is about respect. It’s about responsibility,” says Biden.
Watch the full video below:
In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, The Vampire Diaries‘ Kat Graham, comedian Margaret Cho, athletes Chris Kluwe and Brendan Ayanbedejo, and more celebs participated in a public service announcement on suicide prevention.
In the video, the participants all take the “Talk to Me” pledge, encouraging everyone to respect each other regardless of sexuality, to pledge to listen seriously to someone contemplating suicide, and to call the Trevor lifeline (866-488-7386) when they or someone they know needs help.
The video was created by online news show What’s Trending in conjunction with The Trevor Project, which “is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24,” according to the Trevor website.
Watch the PSA here:
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PSAs sure go down a lot more easily when they’re cleverly animated, legitimately funny, and narrated by Matt Damon. In fact, if it weren’t for the brief water.org plug, you might not even recognize this video as a PSA at all.
The clip takes one of our most pressing global health issues — the developing world’s lack of clean water — and illuminates it in a charming, irreverent way, mingling horrifying facts (more people worldwide have cell phones than toilets; only 8 percent of the world’s fresh water is unpolluted) with goofy jokes (calling a bowel movement “taking a Nixon”). The main takeaway: “Next time you’re drinking fancy bottled water from the South Pacific or moving your stocks while moving your bowels, take a moment to consider that the water six inches beneath your butt is cleaner than the drinking water of one billion of your neighbors.”
Happy Water Day, everyone!
Celebrity PSAs aren’t just for election season anymore. This week, active activist Sarah Silverman released a new Funny or Die video supporting the Draw the Line campaign, which is working to collect signatures for its “Bill of Reproductive Rights.” (Silverman appeared in a video for Draw the Line alongside Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, and several other celebs when the campaign launched in October.)
The clip — which sounds like it was co-written by How I Met Your Mother‘s Barney Stinson — sees Silverman laying out the rules for being “Bro-Choice,” a.k.a. in favor of greater reproductive rights for women. Example: “The way to a woman’s heart is never through a mandatory vaginal ultrasound.”
Be bropen-minded and check out the (naturally) NSFW PSA below:
Rainn Wilson, whose Office counterpart doesn’t celebrate any major holidays, stars in a new PSA for social media site GOOD supporting a measure to make “Voting Day” — Nov. 6 — a national holiday.
The video pokes fun of the “archaic” practice of voting on Tuesdays, which was instituted to ensure that people traveling to vote wouldn’t miss church on Sundays. It suggests that voting on a weekday is now an inconvenience as people are forced to choose between work and their civic duty.
Watch Wilson spar with a 19th-century sharecropper, who is oddly similar to his character Dwight’s cousin Mose from The Office, about voting below. READ FULL STORY
Will we ever get tired of watching PSAs stuffed with brief appearances by multiple celebrities? It’s not likely, as long as they’re as entertaining as this new ad from the Center for Reproductive Rights.
The clip promotes their Draw The Line campaign, which urges American to sign the “Bill of Reproductive Rights” — and it stars celebs like Kevin Bacon, Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Silverman, and Audra McDonald furiously responding to remarks made by Georgia State Rep. Terry England while an imitation Mission Impossible theme plays. If you’ve ever yearned to hear Martha Plimpton exclaim “forced vaginal WHAT?” in outrage, this is the PSA for you. Watch it here: