The celebrities have done it again. Following the dumpster fire that was the “Imagine” video, which saw a handful of celebrities singing John Lennon’s famous tune in an attempt to “inspire” those suffering through the pandemic back in March, a similar effort has been made to squash racism. On Thursday (June 11th), a fairly random myriade of white celebrities including Aaron Paul, Sarah Paulson, Ke$ha, Bethanny Joy Lenz, Kristen Bell, Justin Theroux, Debra Messing, Mark Duplass, Bryce Dallas Howard, Julianne Moore, Piper Perabo, Stanley Tucci, and Ilana Glazer, participated in a PSA about anti-racism. In their melodramatic message, which was done in partnership with the NAACP, each star took responsibility for allowing racism to persist through microaggressions and vowed to put a stop to “hate” and police brutality.
While the intentions were good, many of the participants in the video, most of them actors, got dragged relentlessly for appearing to be putting on a performance, especially Aaron Paul. Many pointed out that, at the end of the video, Aaron concludes the message of the PSA with an intensity not unlike his character, Jesse Pinkman, in Breaking Bad.
However, Aaron wasn’t the only one mocked for the “cringey” video.