It's not an uncommon occurrence for celebrities to back various efforts to encourage the public to vote. "Rock The Vote" was a mainstay of the 90s. Puff Daddy urged scores of youngsters to "Vote Or Die" in the early 2000s. Now, the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have joined forces with an assemblage of other prominent actors in an attempt to sway potential voters to "Save The Day."
The video starts off as a generic "get out and vote" plea. The actors take turns impressing upon viewers how important the upcoming election is, and that every individual should exercise their right to vote. Then the tone shifts and the actors do their best to persuade viewers to vote against a particular Republican presidential candidate. While they don't say Donald Trump's name outright, they make it clear that they've joined forces to combat a "racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society," whose signature move is "firing things." Any guesses on who that might be?
"We cannot pretend both sides are equally unfavorable," says Martin Sheen. The stars go on to emphasize what they see as a "tipping point" for not only the country but the entire world. This election, they claim, will affect every facet of the voting public's life, right down to gun laws and student debt. They wrap things up by directing viewers to the Save The Day website and throwing in some extra incentive. "If you do vote," the actors agree, "Mark [Ruffalo] will do a nude scene in his next movie." Or, as Robert Downey Jr. more plainly states, "Mark's gonna have his dick out."
The video is no doubt polarizing, but that might be the whole point. The effort is part of Joss Whedon's new Hillary Clinton Super PAC, founded with the express purpose of ensuring that she wins the 2016 Presidential Election. He admits that while people might not care what an actor's opinion on the election is, the humorous portions of the video may help make inroads with voters who are still undecided.
To help spread the word, the director has returned to Twitter, after a lengthy hiatus:
Hey! Did I miss anything? Lol jk the world is on fire ? here's a thing I made https://t.co/g1SE45Rkrv
— Joss Whedon (@joss) September 21, 2016
The video, which includes appearances from Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Don Cheadle, Cobie Smulders, Nathan Fillion and many others, is available on the "Save The Day" YouTube page.