The online video platform, ‘Funny Or Die’, has released a spoof advertisement featuring comedian Sarah Silverman as the new spokesperson for the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The video mocks the pro-firearms organization’s support for the nation’s controversial Stand your Ground law that allows for the use of deadly force in cases of self-defense, and introduces its new wing, the ‘Black NRA.”
In the ad Silverman explains how the NRA believes it is every American’s right to bear arms and so it wants to put guns into the hands of those who need them the most; African Americans.
She said that ‘Black NRA’, was formed for all African-Americans who thought they would be a lot safer in the U.S. if they were to carry fire arms.
The premise for the comic commentary on the gun debate comes from the controversial killing of African American 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, who was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida last year. The highly publicized case sparked nation-wide protests regarding the shooting as well as Zimmerman’s ‘not guilty’ verdict.
The shooting also sparked a national debate over the country’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law as well as racism in America in general.
Many states have some form of stand-your-ground law, which is another reason why Zimmerman’s verdict struck a chord with people all over the country.
The ‘Funny Or Die’ managed to portray a very serious message about racism within the justice system as well as gun laws in America, in a light – yet effective – way.
Watch the video above and comment if you liked the effort.