By Carolyn Amurao
In an effort to inspire voters to re-elect President Obama, the Jewish Council for Education and Research released a new video yesterday called “Wake the F— Up,” starring Oscar-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson. Inspired by the hit book “Go the F— to Sleep” the video features Little Susie, a young girl who is worried about her family’s passive attitude towards the upcoming election.
Jackson, as narrator, pops up in scenes between the girl and her sleepy parents, distracted siblings and mischievous grandparents, sending a message to all that, “we’ve come a long way but there’s still more to do, and we need you all back in the fight ‘til it’s through…you can sleep when you’re dead, it’s time to wake the f—k up!”
Issues of gay rights, education, poverty, student debt and Medicare are all woven into a rhyming narrative punctuated with F-bombs. In a scene where Susie wants to talk to her grandparents but they tell her to wait, Jackson exclaims, “Hell no it can’t wait! Your lives will be affected. Romney and Ryan will gut Medicare if they’re elected. Ask the fact-checkers, those two are fact-duckers.”
The popular actor gives an en energetic and purposeful performance in this short video, joining other celebs like Jay-Z in backing the Obama campaign. Even though he’s “not really into politics,”Jay-Z brought in 4 million dollars for Obama’s road to the White House last week by throwing a fundraiser with his wife Beyonce.