‘Tis the season for virtual cast reunions.
Hot on the heels of news that the This is Spinal Tap crew would be reuniting for Pennsylvania Democrats and in the wake of $4.25 million raised for Wisconsin Dems following a Princess Bride reunion, comes word that the cast of Dazed and Confused is next.
It’s a big one, too. Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Rory Cochrane, Marissa Ribisi, Cole Hauser, Deena Martin, Esteban Powell, Christine Harnos, Wiley Wiggins, Michelle Burke, Mark Vandermeulen, Sasha Jenson, Jeremy Fox, Christin Hinojosa, Catherine Morris and Nicky Katt are confirmed to come together Oct. 11 (4:30 p.m. PST) for a live stream event. Additional participants are expected.
The live reading of Richard Linklater’s classic high school comedy from 1993 will benefit March For Science and Voto Latino Foundation to encourage voter participation in Texas ahead of the upcoming November election. News of the event comes as Texas Governor Greg Abbott has limited the number of mail-in ballot drop off locations in a move that signaled an immediate outcry as well as a lawsuit. Furthermore, Texas residents cannot cite COVID-19 as a valid reason to be able to vote by mail.
“Now more than ever, we need science-informed policies and practices to protect the public and defend our democracy,” said March for Science president Matt Tranchin. “As a Texan who is not allowed to vote by mail during a pandemic because of our state’s short-sighted election laws, it’s a powerful reminder that we need elected representatives who will embrace science and listen to public health officials.”
The Voto Latino Foundation helps register Latinx voters and encourages civic participation. “With a pandemic raging during an election year, this country should be investing in every possible measure to keep voters safe,” said Voto Latino managing director Danny Friedman. “No one should be forced to choose between their health and their vote. Unfortunately, the state of Texas does not allow COVID-19 to be used as a reason for mail-in voting. Voto Latino Foundation has registered 215,964 voters in Texas, and each one of them will be making their voices heard in November, despite the state’s intransigence.”
More information about the event can be found here.