Joss Whedon is back, and he's brought a star-studded effort to prevent Donald Trump from reaching the White House. The writer, producer, and director known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Avengers franchise, among many others, famously deleted his Twitter account last year. At the time, he was tired of spending his efforts dealing with trolls instead of focusing on his work. Now, however, with the political landscape drastically different than it was just sixteen months ago, Whedon felt that it was time to return.
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
"I have a pathological fear of conflict, but I think this is more important than the fact that I'm a fraidy-cat ... If you can't stand up for the thing that you know in your heart and in your brain is true at a time when it means a difference to the entire world, then you have no right to stand at all."
In order to "stand up" for what he believes in, Whedon has created a super PAC with the goal of getting as many people to vote as possible. The super PAC is called Save The Day and will be debuting three short films per week until the election in November. The first one, entitled "Important", was released today. It features an incredible list of celebrities imploring the American public to vote -- and not for Trump.
The short features a ton of actors, including Nathan Fillion, Tom Lenk, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johannson, Mark Ruffalo, Keegan-Michael Key, Don Cheadle, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Martin Sheen, Clark Gregg, and Julianne Moore to name just a few. It's a pretty hilarious short that both gets to the heart of the matter while making fun of itself at the same time.
Whedon recognizes that the spot may not appeal to everyone, admitting that "we're going to anger a lot of people, I'm sure. And we'll miss the mark, you know? The point is to to throw as much against the wall as possible so that we can reach some people". The aim is to target those who may feel disillusioned with the political process, or who may stay home on November 8 because they don't particularly like either candidate. The ad never specifically mentions either party's candidate but does refer to "a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society" and asks if we really want to give nuclear weapons access "to a man whose signature move is firing things". When Whedon pitched it to his famous friends, he dubbed it "a voting PSA to help get out the vote and stop orange Muppet Hitler".
The Save the Day campaign won't just focus on federal leadership either but will encompass voting for Senate, House, state, and local officials. It's important to vote for every level of government because each and every level of government has a direct impact on our daily lives. And, if that doesn't convince you, perhaps the promise of a Mark Ruffalo nude scene will?
You can watch "Important" below, and keep an eye on Save the Day for more video spots.