AceShowbiz - Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have turned into aging freedom fighters for a new public service announcement. In the powerful ad, the "Dark Horse" hitmaker and the "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" star turn back in time to warn people about voter suppression.
On Thursday, June 17, the nonpartisan and anti-corruption organization RepresentUs released a new ad featuring the engaged couple, in support of the passage of the For The People Act, a voting rights bill that is set to be presented to the Senate next week. The 1-minute ad was titled "Transmissions from the Future".
In the clip, Katy and Orlando appear as aged characters with white locks and wrinkles on their faces. They are seen in a dystopian future in the year 2055. There, the pair use technology to send a transmission signal back to 2021. The 44-year-old actor says desperately, "You are our only hope, the America you know doesn't exist in our future. Democracy is dead. We have no voice."
"This future doesn't have to be. You have the power to change it. Save democracy while you can," Orlando continues. A white-haired and tearful Katy chimes in, "It started when voter suppression ran wild all over America. The voting rights bills died in the Senate. Polling places closed. We lost our right to vote."
"Call your senator now," Katy, who is frightened, says in a hurry before running off. Shortly after, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" actor pleads one more time, "Tell Daisy we love her," referencing the pair's now-9-month-old daughter, Daisy Dove.
In a statement, Orlando explained their involvement in the ad, "The For the People Act is the single most important piece of legislation of our lifetimes, and 70% of the American people support it." He then pointed out, "It must pass - or we risk all of the freedoms promised by American democracy."
"No matter what issue you care about, it hinges on the For the People Act's passage," the "Carnival Row" actor stressed. "I am proud to work with RepresentUs to bring attention to this bill at a time when the stakes have never been higher."