Rosario Dawson and Wilmer Valderrama have filmed another PSA meant to inspire young Latinos to vote — this time with help from Jane Fonda and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
The video is the latest in a series of telenovela-inspired public service announcements filmed for Voto Latino, a non-partisan, non-profit group committed to increasing political engagement among young Latino youth. In this short film, Dawson's character Carmen is about to marry Valderrama's character Rodrigo, until she learns that he did not vote. Perez Hilton plays the priest officiating their interrupted marriage.
The PSA includes information on early voting and encourages young people in states that offer early voting to take advantage of the practice rather than wait on long voting lines. It ends with a remake of "I Want To Be in America" from "West Side Story," titled, "I Want To Vote in America" (lyrics below).
"It's the Latino community's answer to 'The Great Schlep'," said Rosario Dawson, co-founder of the organization. "We have taken your grandmother's telenovéla, put it online, and made it relevant across cultures and across generations to help encourage conversations among Latino families."
"I Want To Vote In America"
By Rosario Dawson, Ross Novie
Voting is a right, not a privilege!
We can advance in America!
To fight circumstance in America!
Why go romancing America?
We can breakdance in America.
Why should I bother to go vote?
Solving our problem's a sad joke.
So we should do nothing and just mope?
The only thing sad is: you don't vote.
Apathy's bad for America.
Democracy's hot in America!
Don't be so had by America.
Well, I'll give it a shot in America.
Here we're created equal.
They raided my home, but, I'm LEGAL!
If all of our rights are just stepped on...
We'll know who to blame, like with Enron!
Politics are cutthroat in America.
Cause you don't vote in America.
Don't be a dope in America.
Get out the vote in America!
ALL: "America, America" bridge
You're standing in line forever.
How else can you make this land better?
Would you get off my back if I say please?
If you don't go vote, say goodbye to these (pointing to her own chest).
I'm gonna go cast my vote right now.
This is a vote from me, I vow.
There's nothing I find more erotic
Than when a man's patriotic.
Latinos unite in America!
You can protest in America!
March to the polls in America!
I want to vote in America!