Donald Glover Explains How To Stay Woke At Work About Sexual Harassment (Video)
Actress Rashida Jones may walk with the Hollywood crowd by day, but her soul is deeply connected to music and empowering others. Her latest endeavor doesn’t really toe either line, however. Working with an organization that is finally addressing sexual assault and harassment, called Time’s Up, Jones directed a clever and poignant public service announcement about appropriate behavior in the workplace.
The simply drawn, animated video displays what kind of on-the-job (and otherwise) behaviors are acceptable and not, in a very straightforward manner. Adding to the blunt honesty of the video is the use of Donald Glover as the narrator. Glover’s distinct and pleasant voice adds a straightforward appeal to the announcement, also leaning on his relevancy. Perhaps as some of these questions in the “FAQ” may seem pretty obvious to some, Glover achieves some sarcasm for part of his audience, and a much-needed wake-up call for others.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, the actress turned director made note of his importance in a larger political discussion. “I really respect his ability to be a part of and criticize culture at the same time — I think it’s a really hard balance to strike,” Jones said. “And also to make really good sh*t! His music is great, his TV show is so innovative — he’s got that balance that very few artists do, where he’s able to be true to himself and be honest and make it feel fresh. But also to say something and have people listen.”
This is not the first time Jones has directed a video. Her work on the Mayer Hawthorne and Kendrick Lamar track added the same kind of authentic honesty, but of course, using a completely different approach and medium.
Time’s Up made another PSA that has a similar aesthetic that has since gone viral.