As Michael Moore’s controversial documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, gets set to light a fuse in theaters across the nation, other public figures are using the media to highlight perceived flaws in the Bush administration. Among them is Ben Cohen, co-founder of the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company. Cohen lends his voice and likeness to a Flash-animated short that portrays President Bush and top aides as buffoons and illustrates how much the U.S. spends on defense at the expense of the education system, children’s healthcare, world hunger and alternative energy.
The short serves as a recruiting tool for True Majority Action (www.truemajorityaction.org), a non-profit, grassroots education and advocacy group that “monitors what’s going on in Washington based on the principles of peace, justice and sustainability.” The organization makes it easy for members send faxes to members of congress and other national leaders. The animation can be seen at http://ww11.e-tractions.com/truemajority/run/oreo?rd=513.
The political views of Cohen and business partner Jerry Greenfield are no secret. The Ben & Jerry’s official web site offers “50 Ways to Support Peace” and contains links to MTV’s Rock the Vote and the company’s own “One Sweet Whirled” campaign to help fight global warming.