Joss Whedon returns to Twitter – to save us from Donald Trump
Joss Whedon

The current American presidential election has been even more bizarre – and controversial – than usual. But now an unlikely hero has emerged

Joss Whedon, Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator and director of such blockbuster movies as the recent Avengers films, has now assembled (and we quote) a “s*** ton of famous people” for a public service announcement, aimed at encouraging America’s youth to get out and vote come November 8.

Through a return to Twitter after nearly two years, the Hollywood writer/director has made his intentions in the political game pretty clear, complete with celebrity pals.

The video directs users towards savetheday.vote, a site that aims to making voter registration in the US easy for those who might be baffled by the fiery political rhetoric seen on news channels every day.

Why is it a big deal?

Whedon is a pretty influential pop culture figure in his own right. But the names he has assembled for this video are pretty A-list, and have millions of social media fans between them.

If all goes to plan, could it even swing the US election?

Is it anti-Trump?

Without making a ringing endorsement for Trump’s political adversary, Hillary Clinton, Whedon’s new video is pretty clear in communicating which way he would want you to vote.

While never mentioned by name, the video does include a host of actors asking if you “really want to give nuclear weapons to a man whose signature move is firing people”, referencing Trump’s rise to mainstream fame with his work on the American Apprentice show.

Who are all these famous people?

Some of them include Marvel mainstays like Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Don Cheadle, but others involved are Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., Martin Sheen, and cult favourite Nathan Fillion – who starred in Whedon’s Firefly TV series.

It gets a bit bizarre

The video also makes other promises. Should Trump be kept from the presidency this November, we’re told that Mark Ruffalo will do a nude scene in his next movie…

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