In case you didn’t love Jennifer Lawrence and her Hunger Games co-stars enough already, there is a report that they have lent their star power to a public service announcement for the continuing Ebola crisis in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Designed by Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), the PSA features the trio of Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, as well as Mahershala Ali (Boggs), Julianne Moore (President Coin), and Dr. Paul Farmer, Founder of Partners in Health.
The PSA makes the point that a large part of the crisis in these African nations is that there are simply not enough medical professionals to treat those who are falling sick. As Dr. Farmer states, with high quality supportive care, most patients survive Ebola, suggesting that the disease does not have to be a death sentence.
At one point, Hutcherson turns to his Hunger Games co-star and asks “What would happen if you got Ebola?” Lawrence is silent for a moment, and then with the raspy authenticity that destroyed us over and over as Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer says “I’d be fine.”
As the mastermind behind the video, Wright, a veteran of the Hunger Games franchise, decided to produce a public service announcement. He told Entertainment Weekly that he was “disturbed” by the way the American media was covering the outbreak.
“We were so blind to the differences between the conditions (in the United States) and the conditions (in West Africa) that we thought that the virus could be equally potent here at home. I just found it intensely ignorant, not only of the realities in West Africa, but also enormously lacking in self-awareness about who we are, what we’re capable of, and what our privileged position in the world community means.”
Wright says that he hopes the PSA will drive attention to the Ebola Survival Fund. According to the fund’s website,
“The Ebola Survival Fund will support a coalition of community-based organizations working in Liberia and Sierra Leone in order to complement the efforts of the larger-scale programs being implemented by international organizations. All programming funded by the Ebola Survival Fund will support existing national plans in both Liberia and Sierra Leone in coordination with the United Nations Ebola response effort in order to fill key gaps in communities in rural areas.”
The response to the Hunger Games cast’s efforts on social media has been decidedly positive.
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