Stars Band Together Against Unchecked Racism for ‘I Take Responsibility’ PSA
Celebrities are speaking out against unchecked racism for a new PSA.
The “I Take Responsibility” campaign is from the NAACP and features straight-into-camera messages from actors, including Justin Theroux, Julianne Moore, Bryce Dallas Howard and Aaron Paul.
The stars vow to take responsibility and call out racism when they see it.
Kristen Bell says she takes responsibility for “every time it was easier to ignore than to call it out for what it was.” Justin adds, “Every not-so-funny joke. Every unfair stereotype.”
Debra Messing insists, “Every blatant injustice, no matter how big or small,” while Mark Duplass says, “Every time I remained silent,” and Bryce continues, “Every time I explained away police brutality or turned a blind eye.”
"I take responsibility," Julianne goes on to say. "Black people are being slaughtered in the streets, killed in their own homes. These are our brothers and sisters.”
Stanley Tucci says, “I will no longer allow an unchecked moment. I will no longer allow racist, hurtful words, jokes, stereotypes, no matter how big or small, to be offered in my presence.”
Sarah Paulson states, “I will not turn a blind eye. Going for a job interview should not be a death sentence. Sleeping in your own home should not be a death sentence.” Ilana Glazer adds, “Playing video games with your nephew should not be a death sentence.”
Theroux continues, “Shopping in a store should not be a death sentence. Business as usual should not be life-threatening. I stand against hate.”
Bethany Joy Lenz adds, “I will stand against hate in love. I will make my presence known.
Aaron ends the video with the message, “Killer cops must be prosecuted. They are murderers. We can turn the tide. It is time to take responsibility. Call out hate, step up, and take action.”