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Hollywood celebrities Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom star in a propagandistic, dystopian video that takes place in 2055 and proclaims “Democracy is dead” because of massive voter suppression gone wild in America.
Through the wonders of cinematic art and makeup, the progressive dynamic duo age themselves and take to the airwaves to warn Americans that in their future, democracy is no more and that Americans must pass the For the People Act to avoid their fate. The bill ostensibly strips control of elections from the individual states and hands it over to the federal government. It reportedly does the exact opposite of what Perry and Bloom claim it does.
“You are our only hope, the America you know doesn’t exist in our future. Democracy is dead. We have no voice. The regime watches our every move,” Bloom warns. He continues, “This future doesn’t have to be. You have the power to change it. Save democracy while you can.”
The ad warns doomed Americans as Senator Joe Manchin stars prominently in the hype. He took a stance against the bill originally and is now trying to strike a compromise with both sides of the aisle that will most likely fail. Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams claims she can “absolutely” support Manchin’s revisions.
(Video Credit: RepresentUs)
The faces of the liberal freedom fighters are broadcasted on every screen across the country and in Times Square with their message for all to hear and see: “It started when voter suppression ran wild all over America,” Perry solemnly intoned during the ad. “The voting rights bills died in the Senate. Polling places closed. We lost our right to vote.”
Her voice breaks just a touch and they use the faces of small children to pull heartstrings. Then it ends as armed troops break down their door as they flee but not before the Hollywood couple urges their 2021 viewers to call their senators right now. Bloom also asks people to tell their currently 9-month-old daughter Daisy that “we love her” on his way to whatever dramatic fate awaits him.
The ad is entitled “Transmissions from the Future” and has been produced and released by nonpartisan anti-corruption organization RepresentUs. They are urging the passage of the For The People Act in the Senate next week.
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RepresentUs president Joshua Graham Lynn proclaimed, “If we don’t act now, we face a future where elections are so rigged, so few people’s votes are counted, billionaires are so in control of our government that the voices of citizens are silenced just like Russia or North Korea.”
The couple is all in for the struggle on this. Following the shooting of the ad, Bloom declared in a statement: “The For the People Act is the single most important piece of legislation of our lifetimes, and 70% of the American people support it. It must pass—or we risk all of the freedoms promised by American democracy. No matter what issue you care about, it hinges on the For the People Act’s passage. I am proud to work with RepresentUs to bring attention to this bill at a time when the stakes have never been higher.” Many would argue that statement is not true.
The couple donated their time for free. They both called for action: “As we saw most recently in Georgia and Texas, politicians are attacking our freedom to vote through passing laws that make it harder for seniors, veterans, communities of color, and rural voters to cast their ballots. Time is running out to stop their efforts. I urge you to call your senator immediately and tell them to vote in favor of the For the People Act.”
Oxcart Assembly created the video. The company’s principals include special effects and makeup artist Tony Gardner. He’s known as the creator of the Geico Caveman and for his work in films such as “Zombieland,” “Hairspray,” and “The Addams Family.” He also turned Perry into a 2016 Hillary Clinton for Halloween that year.
The ad was written by Ted Sann, the former BBDO chairman, and chief creative officer.
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