WATCH: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon And More Stars In Bono’s Powerful Ebola PSA
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and more stars appear in a powerful new PSA about the growing Ebola crisis. In the chilling clip, the stars stay absolutely silent as they stare at the camera, in an effort to demonstrate how waiting to tackle the global epidemic has had devastating consequences. Watch the video below.
The PSA comes from the One Campaign, co-founded by Bono. The organization explains, “The world waited too long to respond to Ebola. Ebola is devastating West Africa. And every day we continue to wait – for funding to reach the ground, for nurses and doctors to be deployed, for the shattered medical services to be rebuilt – more people die. Leaders from every nation — not just the usual suspects — need to stop waiting and act.”
Affleck, Damon and Bono are joined by more familiar faces, including Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Connie Britton, Ellie Goulding, Akon, Thandie Newton, and Danai Gurira of “The Walking Dead.” Also featured are two Liberian health care workers, German soccer star Per Mertesacker, and African musicians Fally Ipupa and Angelique Kidjo.
The video is accompanied by a petition to “tell world leaders it’s time to stop the outbreak now AND build health systems that could stop crises like this from happening ever again.” The goal is 250,000 signatories, and the One Campaign has already amassed more than half of that. There is also an Ebola Response Tracker, which allows the public to see what countries and private organizations have pledged to do, and if they’ve delivered on those promises.
This is Bono’s second effort to draw awareness to the crisis in recent days. As Gossip Cop reported, he is in Band Aid 30, the super group that recorded a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Like in the One Campaign PSA, Goulding and a slew of other stars joined him in the charity endeavor, organized by Bob Geldof. The proceeds from song sales go to fighting the Ebola virus disease in West Africa.
The Ebola virus disease has killed more than 5,000 people, which the One Campaign and PSA argue is the result of inaction. “What are we waiting for?” asks the organization. Check out the video below, and tell us what you think.