It’s sometimes hard for the celebrity to relate to the common folk. After all, they don’t have to worry about many of things that us plebeians have to deal with on a daily basis. Every once in a while, however, an issue comes along that we can all stand behind – like a right to privacy.
The latest moral crisis to ruffle the feathers of both the common man and celebrities is the recent leaks regarding the NSA’s surveillance programs. Under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the agency is given the power to collect Americans’ phone metadata in bulk, and not even the rich and powerful are immune.
To that end, some famous celebrities alongside privacy advocates have created a short video for the EFF called, “Stop Watching Us.” It’s like one of those celebrity-filled “Save the children” ads, but without the guilt trip. As a bonus, John Cusack makes an appearance. Check it out:
If the impassioned pleas of Wil Wheaton, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Oliver Stone have moved you to action, you can join the movement at Stop Watching Us. It’s a Web site set up by the EFF and Mozilla to collect signatures that will then be sent to Congress to let them know that you don’t like what the NSA is not doing.