March 11th, 2013
Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono have released a new music video for their mother-son duet titled, Don’t Frack My Mother. The music video premiered on Artists Against Fracking’s website, to raise awareness on the organization’s campaign for anti-fracking in the state of New York.
No, this is not referring to the popular curse word used as an alternative to the f-word on the sci-fi hit, Battlestar Galactica. Fracking (short for hydraulic fracturing) is a method of extracting gas and oil from rocks deep underground to obtain natural gas. This is a major risk since the process injects dangerous chemicals that contaminate the water.
Over thirty famous names make cameo appearances in the video, including Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Liv Tyler, Penn Badgley, Susan Sarandon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Fred Armisen, and Zoe Kravitz. The video is basically a compilation of stars lip syncing along to the song in webcam-quality clips, with hydraulic fracturing statistics in between.
This music video is just Artists Against Fracking’s latest attempt in trying to convince New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to prevent gas companies from fracking in the state. Previous attempts have included advertisements and petitions.
Cuomo has yet to make the decision of whether or not to approve hydraulic fracturing in New York. The method of fracking is already banned in the states of Vermont and New Jersey. A law on maintaining safe drinking water for the public, known as the Safe Drinking Water Act exists in the U.S., but it does not include fracking.
With the vast amount of celebrity cameos and the power of social media, this video will have no problem raising awareness towards the issue.
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