Matt Damon is going on toilet strike and says that “And so in protest of this global tragedy, until this issue is resolved, until everybody has access to clean water and sanitation, I will not go to the bathroom.” On Feb. 12, 2013, the Los Angeles Times confirms that Matt Damon is indeed going on toilet strike.
“The Oscar-winning actor took the podium in a video released on Feb. 11, 2013, to announce that he's boycotting toilet use until more people begin to take the global water crisis -- championed by his Water.org non-profit -- more seriously.”
In order to publicize his toilet strike and raise awareness to the global issue of clean water and sanitation, Matt Damon has released an entertaining and humorous three-minute video.
When Matt Damon asks one of the reporters during the press conference, “How much was that bottle of water you are drinking, how much did that cost?” Matt Damon gets the answer from the reporter, “I shoplifted this.”
Or when one of the female reporters asks Matt Damon, “Do you mean literally, like, you won’t go to the bathroom but you’ll go somewhere else, like maybe a swimming pool?” Matt Damon answers, “You are the reporter, you do the math.”
Matt Damon’s toilet strike press conference is a production of the Oscar-winning actor’s nonprofit group Water.org. The video of the mock conference which was released on Monday was filmed for free at YouTube’s L.A. studios. The video is the first of hopefully more videos to come in order to raise awareness to a global problem by going viral.
So far, using innovation, humor, and imagination has resulted already in thousands of hits for Matt Damon’s "Toilet Strike" YouTube video.
Matt Damon co-founded Water.org in 2009 and while the mock press conference is certainly successful in entertaining the viewer, it hopes to be even more successful in raising awareness to the global water crisis.
At the end of Matt Damon’s “Toilet Strike” press conference, viewers are invited to visit StrikeWithMe.org to learn more about the water crisis, to donate, money, and to join him in not going to the bathroom.
“Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org, is taking a stand for the water crisis. Watch his announcement and support the strike by signing up to make your voice heard online through Water Day, March 22, 2013.”