For those of you who thought the 2020 election was behind us, well hold on to your seats because what just may be the most consequential election ever is about to take place in Georgia.
And thanks to a team of dancers from Atlanta, we won’t soon forget just how important the upcoming special election is.
A team of female dancers are focused on turning out the vote for Georgia’s upcoming dual senate run offs.
In the days following this year’s presidential election, Georgia went blue (voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris) for the first time since 1992. And the state saw record turnout, especially among Black and Brown voters. Much of this success is attributed to Stacey Abrams and other activists who helped register a record number of new voters.
Part of the success should also be given to a group of Atlanta strippers and dancers who made a viral get-out-the-vote ad aimed at persuading Black men to go to the polls. But with Georgia’s Senate races facing a runoff vote, the women say the work is far from done, and they are calling on young people to turn out once more.
These Atlanta dancers are hoping to reach an often overlooked electorate: Black men.
Of men age 18-34, African Americans had the lowest turnout among any listed racial group of men during the 2016 presidential election in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties, according to an analysis of the data. Men who identified as Native American had the lowest turnout for Gwinnett, and were followed by Black males.
In Fulton, 29 percent of registered young Black men voted in the 2016 presidential election. Compare that to 45 percent of young Hispanic and 52 percent of young White men in Fulton.
Barnes said she wanted to connect with those Black men who feel voting and its outcomes aren’t for them. And having grown up in the metro area, she knows strip clubs are a big part of the culture — including its massive influence on hip-hop.
Original Story published October 17, 2020:
These are wild times, y’all. We are facing the election of our lifetime and on the line is the rights of millions and the dignity of our nation. This means that everyone is getting mobilized and active to make sure that voters come out in full force on Nov. 3. One ad is catching everyone’s attention.
Get Your Booty To The Poll is using pole dancing to get people to do their duty and vote.
Director Angela Barnes wanted to do something that would catch everyone’s attention during the pandemic and to remind them to vote. Her idea was to get some of the best exotic dancers from Atlanta’s best gentlemen’s clubs to do a PSA about voting. After all, we have all been told several times that “sex sells.”
The ad is getting people talking.
Some people are excited to see the ad targeting a specific group of people to vote. Others are offended that women are being objected in order to make the PSA. However, one this is for sure, the 3.4 million viewers on the tweet shows that the ad is getting everyone’s attention.
The Barnes wanted to target Black southern men, specifically in Georgia.
According to her Facebook post, the video is intended to make sure that Black men in the south go out and vote. One key element in the video that the director points out is the use of ballots as dollar bills on the stage. That’s right. The cast and crew used ballots in place of dollar bills to really sell the idea of getting out to the polls to vote.
Some people are not convinced that the people who are mad are really mad.
It is a very creative way to get people’s attention, especially for voting. There are voting PSAs from almost every organization targeting almost every community. This one is clearly designed with specific people in mind and it seems to be doing its job. This is the viral content voting PSAs wish to be, tbh.
Barnes and the dancers are definitely doing their part to remind you to vote so do your part and get to the polls to vote (or vote by mail-in ballot).
The U.S. is facing a tough and very important election. The Trump administration is fighting to secure another term while Democrats are doing everything in their power to stop them. Communities of color have been the target of some of the administration’s most hateful and damaging legislation.
Get ready to vote. Register your friends. Bring them to the polls. The general election is on Nov. 3 and it is up to all of us to vote to see the policies we want.
Covid-19 is changing how millions of Americans are voting this election. Nearly 100 million Americans have already early voted compared to the 138 million total votes in the 2016 election. With record turnout expected Diane Guerrero is here to give you all the tips to go out and vote safely in the time of Covid.
It’s Election Day and that means we should all be exercising our right to make our voice heard.
Diane Guerrero is here in a video by Offsides Productions to tell you all about safe voting. Don’t worry. She is completely prepared to walk first timers through their first vote. The PSA is one long innuendo giving voters all kinds of voting info and loving.
“Is this your first time? Do you feel nervous?” Guerrero tells the camera. “It’s normal to have lots of emotions about this big decision but I’m here to tell you, it’s gonna feel so good. So you should definitely do it.”
The actress is really excited for you to go out there and vote for democracy. However, she wants to make sure you are doing so super safe. That’s why, during the PSA, she tells you to wear all the protection you need to vote during a pandemic.
Images of hand sanitizer flying across the air and splattering on face shields really drive home that message. It is a wild time to be going out in public but there are safe ways to go out and vote for democracy.
The PSA is catching everyone’s attention.
The need to get out and vote is important. Both parties are pushing for as many people to vote as possible. So far, nearly 100 million people have early voted in this election. In 2016, 138 million people voted in total so this election is on track to break records. Some experts think that U.S. voter turnout will be the highest it has been since 1908.
Texas, for example, broke their voting record with early votes topping 9 million votes. Texas, which has been a Republican stronghold, is quickly becoming a battleground state. Beto O’Rourke’s race against Sen. Ted Cruz highlighted the possibility of flipping Texas blue.
Guerrero’s streamy message to all American voters is clear.
Get out there and vote, even if it is your first time. Voting is a right that was hard won by every demographic. People before us have protested, been attacked, and even killed to pave the way for you to be able to vote. Today is the day to make sure that those sacrifices were not made in vain.
Democracy relies on everyone using their voice to choose the country’s path. It is a way to see the future that you want to see. Use your voice and use your vote. Fill that box and help shape this country into the place you want it to be.