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Celeb-Filled Ebola PSA Critiques Slow Response

Michael Walsh | Yahoo News   in 
November 19, 2014

Sometimes silence speaks louder than words.

A new PSA featuring some of today’s brightest stars does not feature their acting abilities — it just shows them sitting still.

“This is what waiting looks like,” the clip’s text reads. “Talk is cheap. It’s time to take action on Ebola.”

African musicians Fally Ipupa, Angélique Kidjo, American actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, German soccer player Per Mertesacker and others lent their famous faces to the video produced by ONE, an international advocacy group dedicated to ending extreme poverty and preventable disease — particularly in Africa.

“We thought of something silent to cut through the noise and to let it speak for itself,” ONE’s chief marketing officer, Roxy Philson, told Yahoo News. “The world waited far too long to respond. While our leaders waited, many people paid with their lives.”


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