Writer-director Joss Whedon unveiled the first of a series of get-out-the-vote videos on Wednesday that not only implores people to get to the polls on Nov. 8, but also warns of the consequences of electing a certain candidate.
Donald Trump is not named, but one of the stars featured in the spot, Don Cheadle, refers to a “racist abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society.”
Martin Sheen says, “We cannot pretend both sides are equally unfavorable.” He’s echoing a sentiment expressed by many Hillary Clinton supporters that the media has been engaging in a “false equivalence” in covering both candidates.
Others in the video include Mark Ruffalo, Keegan-Michael Key, James Franco, Julianne Moore, Leslie Odom, and Neil Patrick Harris. Whedon also waded into the 2012 campaign, creating a video that irreverently warned of the “zombie apocalypse” should Mitt Romney be elected. This video is also an irreverent riff on the overly earnest celebrity PSA.
Meanwhile, Chelsea Handler teamed with Rock the Vote for a new video unveiled this morning on PopSugar. She doesn’t mention the candidates by name, but her spot is aimed at women. She even does a rap, including this verse: “There are too many issues at stake this year/Affecting women’s lives — can I be more clear?”