8:38am PT by Katherine Schaffstall
Seth Meyers Promotes Political Power of Teens in Fake Ad Ahead of March for Our Lives
Many teenagers across the country have taken the initiative to fight for political causes, including gun violence. As the March for Our Lives approaches this weekend, Seth Meyers shared a fake ad promoting the work of teens on Thursday’s episode of Late Night. “Some are saying these teenagers might be the answer to all our problems,” Meyers said before showing the clip.
“Does reading the news terrify you? Does criticizing your congressman on Twitter feel empty and futile? Are you worried you’re not actually doing anything to save our country?,” asks the narrator in a voiceover as tired adults are featured in their daily lives.
The narrator then suggests that teenagers are the answer to all of the country’s problems. “Once considered a menace to society, teenagers are now cleaning up the political catastrophe left by older generations,” states the narrator.
The parody then heads to the street and interviews adults about their opinions regarding the younger generation. One woman shares that she no longer avoids teenagers in public. “I used to cross the street when I saw teenagers,” she says. “Now I run back over and beg them to fight for my reproductive rights.”
The narrator argues that teenagers have the free time to engage in politics that adults don’t. “Unlike you, teenagers have the time to humiliate senators on a CNN town hall, march on the state house to pressure lawmakers before a crucial vote and threaten complicit corporations with a boycott,” he said.
“With teenagers like Emma Gonzalez doing what I care about, I can finally focus on what I love,” says a woman in her kitchen, “drinking wine and looking at dog pictures on Instagram.”
A father shared his appreciation for politically active teenagers while spending time with his own kids. “Teenagers like Cameron Kasky have the energy of youth to fight the good fight,” he said. “Which is great, ‘cause I don’t have any energy because I’m raising two f—ing teenagers.”
Meyers also shared his changed perception of teenagers in the fake ad. “As a 44-year-old, I used to look down on teenagers. But then I thought, what makes my generation so great? We were slackers who listened to grunge music and watched Desert Storm on TV,” he says. “We straight up sucked.”
“If you’re an adult over 25 and aren’t willing to do more for this country than correct Trump’s spelling on Twitter, teenagers might be right for you,” the ad's narrator advises.
The mock ad ends with a disclaimer stating that not all teenagers are willing to fight the good fight. “If you see a teenager on the street, do not approach them, as they may just be a punk kid, and punch you in the nuts or mock your appearance with their friends until you cry,” shared the narrator as clips from famous teen movies like Clueless, Grease and Mean Girls played in the background.
Watch the full clip above.