Everyone from Brad Pitt to Ellen Degeneres to Steven Spielberg donated six figures to help fight the passage of California's Proposition 8. While the gay-marriage ban narrowly passed, celebrities are still doing what they can to voice their disapproval. For Jack Black, that means playing Jesus Christ in a three-minute Funny or Die musical skit.
The new Prop 8 - The Musical short, written by Marc Shaiman and directed by Adam Shankman (collaborators on Hairspray), features a melange of film and TV actors singing and acting out the two sides of the debate. The gay-friendly side of Margaret Cho, Maya Rudolph and Andy Richter challenge John C. Reilly and Allison Janney (among others) to a sing-off about the pros and cons of gay marriage. To mediate, Black appears as Jesus, preaching love for all human beings, before How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris croons about how gay marriage will help save the economy.
The skit proves Proposition 8 is still very much on the minds of many, especially in the entertainment industry. Recent articles in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times have analyzed the impact of the Gus Van Sant film Milk, about Harvey Milk's crusade against Proposition 6, a measure that would have banned gay teachers from public schools. A Slate article went as far as to pose the question of whether Prop 8 would have failed had Milk opened before the election, in an article entitled "Harvey would have opened it in October." It's an interesting thought: had Milk and something like the Funny or Die skit premiered in October, what—if anything—would have changed?
Watch "Prop 8 - The Musical" from FunnyOrDie.com:
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