In a major push to get out the youth vote — among Democrats, at least — the political activist group MoveOn.org enlisted some star power this week at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom as it announced the winner of its “Bush in 30 Seconds” ad contest, PEOPLE reports.
Treading a fine line between serious, silly and shrill, comedian Janeane Garofalo, Moby, Julia Stiles, Margaret Cho, Chuck D, Rufus Wainwright, Al Franken and Russell Simmons attempted to make politics look cool — but they also weren’t afraid to take some partisan jabs.
“I would pretty much be willing to do anything within the bounds of the law that would ensure that George Bush wouldn’t get re-elected,” said Moby. “If it meant walking naked from here to Los Angeles, I’d walk naked from here to Los Angeles. But it would have to be guaranteed.”
As for the event itself, MoveOn.org enlisted a handful of stars (including Jack Black, Eddie Vedder and Michael Stipe) as judges for its controversial contest, in which people created and submitted anti-Bush TV ads. The group, which hopes to air the winning spot during the Super Bowl, recently stirred up criticism after some people submitted ads comparing Bush to Hitler.
The winning spot, called “Child’s Play,” came from Charlie Fisher, 38, of Denver, who used young children doing an array of menial jobs — washing dishes, mopping floors, checking groceries — as a way to spotlight the current federal deficit.
As Fisher’s spot was assessed by Franken: “Ideally, it gets everyone involved in politics who hasn’t been. Realistically, I think it does mobilize a lot of people and get people feeling that even though the deck is stacked against normal people in terms of the kind of crony capitalism that we’re seeing in this country, that individuals can do stuff.”