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Sweeney: Artists don’t want you to f**ck

While your favorite music artists don’t have any interest in your personal life, they are trying to educate you about the imminent dangers that come with fracking.

Katlin Sweeney

Katlin Sweeney

Musician/composer Sean Lennon, son of legendary couple Yoko Ono and John Lennon, has spearheaded the Artists Against Fracking movement. The campaign seeks to not only teach the masses about the dangers of fracking, but to send a message to Governor Andrew Cuomo that it should not occur in the state of New York.

Those unfamiliar with fracking  may assume that the issue is not that big of a deal. However, according to the Artists Against Fracking website, incorporating fracking in New York can result in air pollution and the pollution of an aquifer with dangerous chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic and non-biodegradable, therefore rendering this body of water useless post-exposure.

Lennon has gotten more than 200 celebrities to sign his petition to prevent fracking in New York, supporters including Lady Gaga, Alec Baldwin, Uma Therman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Fallon, Rosario Dawson, and Anne Hathaway.

Akin to Carly Rae Jepson’s celebrity-infused “Call Me Maybe” video, Lennon also enlisted the help of fellow artists such as Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Fred Armisen, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Penn Badgley, and Charlotte Kemp Muhl to appear in a music video about fracking. The video, as well as the song that they lip-sync to, is cleverly titled “Don’t Frack My Mother.”

While the lyrics metaphorically implore the public to prevent further destroying Mother Nature, Yoko Ono also appears in the video, shouting in a joking manner, “Don’t frack me!”

Music videos with celebrity cameos typically garner an overwhelming amount of views on YouTube, prime examples including Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” (63.7 million) and Bonnie McKee’s “American Girl” (1.1 million). However, Lennon’s video has yet to garner the same amount of views as these (185,000), despite having a much better message than just selling another dreary pop song. For this reason, it’s very important to show some support for this worthwhile cause that, if the issue is ignored, will directly affect a lot of people.

It takes about twenty seconds to buy that song off of iTunes that you’ll probably listen to twice. But just take three minutes to watch this quirky video about fracking, and you’ll find that this is a cause that you want to support as well. And if not, hey at least you got to see some funny lip-synching.

Those interested in the website can go to artistsagainstfracking.com and watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfymhAEe-TM.

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