Jeffrey Wright Channels Beetee to #CrushEbolaNow

For the past week or so, Jeffrey Wright has been channeling Beetee, teasing of a “pirate transmission” to come, and today we got to see it. It’s a video featuring the Mockingjay cast to raise awareness of the need for more medical resources in West Africa to help fight Ebola and increase the survival rate there.

The video is called #MisinformationHack and follows the Beetee-like hacking structure from Mockingjay promotion. His voice cuts through American news clips during the media hysteria when the first patients were treated in US hospitals and then to Ebola survivors in West Africa and the Mockingjay cast.

If you follow Jeffrey on Twitter, you know that he has been very active in this cause this year, using the platform to raise awareness and even organizing a contest where donations to the Ebola Survival Fund gave the winner the opportunity to attend the Mockingjay Premiere with him and meet some of the cast. He’s clearly tapping into the huge audience of Hunger Games fans to increase awareness and try to raise money for the cause.  And we say KEEP IT UP!

We all recognize the truth in Jeffrey’s tweet – that we are often too much like the Capitol. We post about this tension we feel as fans a lot. We love that the movies have gotten as big as they have, but along with the success and the fancy parties and corporate sponsorships it’s important to remember the struggle of wealth/power inequality that is so central to the books. It’s one of the things that we connected with so strongly because Suzanne Collins was using Panem to make us think about the problems we face now, in our world. We love that the cast embraces causes such as this, and uses their fame to amplify attention to ways we all can help.

Rally that fandom, Jeffrey.

JJ

 

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