Among all of the recent celebrity political videos, I think this one wins the grand smug award. Do they really think that sarcasm is the best way to reach voters? I don’t really know if this was meant to be funny or what. It seems like the different celebrities had varying ideas on what they were supposed to be doing: Forrest Whitaker and Halle Berry were all serious, Jonah Hill and Sarah Silverman were silly, others I couldn’t even tell. It’s just weird.
One more thing. There is nothing wrong with not voting. There are plenty of valid reasons not to vote: protest, ignorance, apathy. It’s our right. I am very sympathetic to nihilists and there is a lot of reason to believe that our world is going to hell in a handbasket. I’ll be voting in this next election, but I can understand why many choose not to vote. I disagree with them, because I still have a shred of hope. But this ‘all the cool kids are doing it’ approach is crap. I think it’s highly unlikely apathetics are going to suddenly start caring about their country because a bunch of celebrities are trying to guilt them into it. Any credibility is also undermined by the fact that everyone in the video is almost certainly voting for the same person. The real message in that video is not that it is essential to vote in this next election, it’s that it is essentially that Obama win this next election. Have the balls to come out and say what you really mean. This is really no better than that pathetic Vote or Die bullshit from 2004.