New PSA Targets Black Male Voters Featuring Strippers
With the 2020 elections right around the corner, there are a lot of interesting advertisements and public service announcements (PSA) coming out to grab voter’s attention.
The most interesting is a recent PSA, titled “Get Your Booty to the Poll,” which features Atlanta strippers discussing the importance of voting in the upcoming elections.
The PSA starts off with strippers doing what they do best, swinging on the pole and booty shaking to a catchy hip-hop song. However, after the booty-shaking captures the audience’s attention, the dancers stop dancing and start breaking down why it’s important to vote in the upcoming election.
After its premiere on Tuesday, September 22, the PSA has gotten a lot of attention on social media, gaining 161,668 views on YouTube and many shares from notable people on Twitter.
“If we are OK with famous people, like actors and actresses, athletes and any personality that has influence or title or a blue check beside their name on Instagram or social media being able to talk politics, then we should damn well be OK with these sisters using their agency to speak about issues that are most important and absolutely on point to motivate Black men,” said Mondale Robinson, president and founder of the Black Male Voter Project, to Yahoo Life.
The PSA was developed from a project created by Atlanta-based director Angela Gomes Barnes and producer Paul Fox. The two started a GoFundMe called “Angela and Paul want black people to vote,” which has gained $13,774 of their $50,000 goal.
“We're so glad we got your attention, but we still need your help! We are back to our day jobs, so we need to hire a social media manager and a community organizer to keep the campaign going. Voter apathy and suppression is real, and we want to keep people informed and engaged throughout this election cycle. We'd even like to shoot another PSA!- if we have enough support! As before, all proceeds not used for the campaign will be donated to the Black Male Voter Project, Fair Fight, and other non-profits committed to educating voters and fighting voter suppression in our communities. Thank you for all of the support, and don't forget to Get Your Booty to the Poll!,” read a statement on Gomes and Fox’s GoFundMe page.