Upon the appointment of President Donald Trump, groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have buffered for a fight, understanding that Potus will look to repeal freedom of movement and healthcare acts. The fill the ACLU's war chest, top comedians are looking to enrich the movement with a standup gig that’s to be streamed directly on Facebook Live.
A star-studded cast including Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Ellie Kemper, Mahershala Ali, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm and Maggie Gyllenhaal will all feature in the ‘Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU’ which will be recorded and streamed in New York 31 March.
A statement from the event makes a bold claim: “It promises to be a historic event marking the first time in history people have something productive to do on Facebook on a Friday night. Please tune in between stalking your ex and realizing that guy from high school who wore shorts in the winter is now a professional body-builder.”
Deadline reports the ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero as saying: “Our work in the courts is essential right now to hold off the worst of the abuses but it is also the collective will and tireless actions of ‘we the people’ that serve as a bulwark against unconstitutional and wrong-headed policies and executive orders.
“By supporting our work through this telethon, we can fight even harder to defend the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.”
The event is being executive produced by Eric Gurian, Jerry Kupfer, and Evan Jonigkeit.