Funny or Die released a poignant PSA today in partnership with nonprofit Rise, tackling the #MeToo movement. The PSA takes a somewhat dark approach by using the popular board game Guess Who? to address the pervasiveness of sexual assault not only in Hollywood, but across the country.
In typical Funny or Die fashion, the PSA stars a number of high-profile celebrities, including Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and Tony-nominated actress Da’Vine Joy Randolph. The parody spot opens with narration from Tatiana Masslany of Orphan Black touting the new board game “Guess Who: #MeToo Edition.”
This new version of the classic board game features some disgraced Hollywood names you might recognize—Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. and Mario Batali, for example. In the PSA, Wood, Tran and Randolph ask each other questions to narrow down the identity of the other person’s sexual predator.
“We wanted to use humor as a way to get the awareness out there,” said Amanda Nguyen, Rise CEO and founder. “We’re in this moment in time right now where the dialogue on this is really hot. Rise is fighting for civil rights across America, for sexual assault survivors, and I think there is not a better time to bring awareness to this issue.”
An all-women cast and crew created the PSA. “This was written by a woman, directed by a woman, had an all female camera crew and we had women of color be a part of this,” she explained. “[It] was very important for us to represent that survivors are diverse. There are so many of us from so many different walks of life and we are proud to have that inclusion in the PSA.”
The release of the PSA is timed to a hearing taking place today on Capitol Hill. Nguyen and Wood (along with Rise chief of staff Lauren Libby) are testifying to get the Sexual Survivors’ Bill of Rights passed in every state.
“All survivors have equality under the law, so that justice doesn’t depend on geography,” added Nguyen.
“I wanted to participate in Rise’s PSA to help harness the power of #MeToo movement into concrete action. If you are fired up, angry or feel helpless, join the Rise movement to help protect the rights of sexual assault survivors across the country,” Evan Rachel Wood said in a statement.