Students who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month have satirized the NRA with a new parody commercial.
On March 4, the NRA released a minute-long video starring spokesperson Dana Loesch, in which she criticizes everyone from politicians to the media to professional athletes for their stances on gun legislation.
Now several teens from Parkland, Florida have created their own ad, copying Dana’s style while slamming everything she stands for — and their version, starring 16-year-old Sarah Chadwick, has been liked more than three times more than the original.
Satire: 16-year-old Parkland shooting survivor Sarah Chadwick stars in a new spoof video (left) created by a group of the school’s students to parody one shared by the NRA (right)
Speaking out: ‘We’ve had enough of the lies. The sanctimony. The ignorance,’ Sarah begins the clip, repeating many of Dana’s own words with a few additions and tweaks of her own
Two days after the NRA’s ad was released, several students who lived through the massacre in Florida released their own version on Twitter, parodying Dana’s style and language to get their own message across.
In the clip, student activist Sarah stands next to an hourglass, like Dana did in her video. She wears a March for Our Lives sweater, promoting the planned protest set to take place in Washington, D.C. on March 24.
‘We’ve had enough of the lies. The sanctimony. The ignorance,’ she begins, repeating many of Dana’s own words with a few additions and tweaks of her own.
‘The hatred, the pettiness, the NRA. We are done with your agenda to undermine the safety of our nation’s youth and the individual voices of the American people,’ she goes on.
‘So to every government official unwilling to take action and make change, to everyone with an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. To every spokeswoman with an hourglass, who uses free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents…
‘To the politicians who would rather America’s youth die than get assault weapon’s off the shelves, to the manipulative lobbyists who think their political stances should be the only ones supported by legislation…
Joke’s on them: The original video starred Dana Loesch, who calls out several groups of people that have promoted gun control measures
Opposing views: In the new clip, Sarah copies Dana’s video but calls out people and groups who work against all gun control measures, instead of those who support them
Take that: Sarah mocked Dana in a tweet responding to the video
‘To those who refuse to accept common stance gun safety as a bipartisan issue, to those who call high school students paid crisis actors and refuse to listen…
‘Your time is running out. The clock starts now,’ she says, flipping over her hourglass.
The ad closely mimicked the original commercial, which aired during the Oscars and was also shared on Twitter.
In that one, Dana stands in front of a plain black background and also has an hourglass next to her. She speaks to the camera, calling out political opponents in steady, pointed lecture.
‘We’ve had enough of the lies. The sanctimony. The arrogance,’ she said. ‘The hatred, the pettiness, the fake news. We are done with your agenda to undermine voters’ will and individual liberty in America.
Team: Several survivors, including Emma González, worked on the video
Safety: Diego Pfeiffer, another survivor, was also involved in the clip, which called out the NRA
Budget: Adam Alhanti said they didn’t spend any money making the video
Crew: The group came together to criticize ‘every government official unwilling to take action and make change’ and ‘everyone with an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association’
‘So to every lying member of the media, to every Hollywood phony, to the role model athletes who use their free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents…
‘To the politicians who would rather watch America burn than lose one ounce of their own personal power, to the late night hosts who think their opinions are the only opinions that matter…
‘To the Julianne Reeds, the Morning Joes, the Mikas, to those who stain honest reporting with partisanship. To those who bring bias and propaganda to CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times…
‘Your time is running out. The clock starts now,’ she concludes, turning over the hourglass next to her.
Support: The teen activists’ video has been liked more than 65,000 times and has support from Rosie O’Donnell
Familiar? A few commenters jokingly compared Dana to the Wicket Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz
While the NRA’s video earned almost 20,000 likes on Twitter, Sarah’s post has been liked over 65,000 times so far — and the number is still growing.
‘I told you we have our own hourglass too,’ the teen wrote in a tweet to Dana.
Several of her classmates chimed in too. In a behind-the-scenes clip, at least four other people can be seen in the room with Sarah during production of the video.
Adam Alhanti, one of the student crew members, wrote that the video cost them $0 to make — presumably much less than the NRA’s version.
Emma González, who has earned international attention for a speech she made following the shooting, noted that she was the boom operator, and Diego Pfeiffer tweeted that he was the lighting director.
A different kind of pro-life: The video was used to promote the upcoming March for Our Lives demonstration
For it: Sarah and her classmates have been using the hashtag #IWillMarch to talk about the protest
Powerful: The teens have been using social media to spread their message and gain support
One survivor, Jaclyn Corin, said she is marching so that one day her own children will be able to feel safer
Another survivor, Cmaeron Kasky, said he is marching for those who can’t because they were killed due to gun violence
Ryan Deitsch was the director, and Sofie Whitney was the teleprompter holder.
Thousands of people on the social media platform have also written to the teens, applauding them for the video and their continued activism.
One particularly well-liked tweet compared an image of Dana and her hourglass to a still from the Wizard of Oz, showing the Wicked Witch of the West with the hourglass counting down Dorothy’s life.
Rosie O’Donnell showed her support, as did thousands of others.
The shooting survivors have also taken to Twitter with the hashtag #IWillMarch to further promote the March for Our Lives, sharing their reasons in a series of poignant tweets.
Not resting: Since the shooting a tMarjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, there has been a steady stream of protests
Making change: Several students, including Emma (pictured) have become leaders of the movement
‘#IWillMarch so our future generations don’t have to,’ Sarah wrote. ‘#IWillMarch so no child will have to go through what my classmates, myself, and so many more have gone through.’
‘#IWillMarch to show that I cannot and will not be silenced. To show that I do everything for those that we lost and those that survived. I march for myself and for every student,’ wrote classmate Delaney Tarr.
‘#IWillMarch to push legislation that should’ve happened years ago, will you join us on March 24th??’ asked John Barnitt.
‘#IWillMarch for the kids who deal with gun violence everyday and are disregarded by the media,’ added Jaclyn Corn. ‘#IWillMarch for the kids who deal with gun violence everyday and are disregarded by the media.’