Coronavirus begat Gal Gadot asking the Tone Deaf Avengers to Imagine a world where irony does not exist. Not to be outshone, for the occasion of the Black Lives Matter movement, we will be subjected to a barrage of actors emoting about racism while serving black and white Stanislavsky turtleneck Inside The Actors Studio earnestness. In a video for a new initiative called I Take Responsibility, “a cadre of stars staring directly into cameras as they pledge to take responsibility for how they’ve perpetuated racism or allowed it to go on in their presence.” (via The Hollywood Reporter). But don’t get too excited, nobody gets too specific. But we do get to hear Justin Theroux take responsibility for “every not so funny joke,” something you’ll never hear from me! #ITakeNoResponsibilityWhatsoever
Here’s the video. Thank God Hollywood’s going to start production again because these actors obviously need an outlet! Sarah Paulson, Julianne Moore, Justin, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Paul, Kristen Bell, Mark Duplass, Bryce Dallas Howard, Debra Messing, Ilana Glazer, Kesha, Bethany Joy Lenz, Piper Perabo “and others” are going to go insane if they have to make one more sourdough loaf.
The website ITakeResponsibility.org will host the campaign, created by Tommy Oliver and Adam Platzner of Confluential Content in partnership with the NAACP.
In a statement released with the PSA, NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson says, “In order for us as a nation to get to a better place, we’re going to have to adjust how we see each other and engage in open and honest conversations that might be painful at times. The fight for civil rights, and human rights have always required a diverse coalition of partners and allies. It is powerful when white people can speak openly about the individual and structural racism and privilege that deny others their full rights. We need everyone to join us on the frontline in the fight for justice and equality.”
Despite the sponsorship of the NAACP, all of the founders listed are in The Biz, and not activists. So I don’t expect anything too revolutionary to come of this. If you go to the website you’re greeted with twin drop down menus where you first select which offense you’re guilty of (you have 13 options ranging from “making racist jokes” to “explaining away police brutality.” BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD, I SEE YOU) and then choose from four options under the “and to make it better, today I will…” menu. Then when you try to write in “burn it to the ground,” Clippy pops up and says “looks like you want to donate to families affected.”