A long list of musicians and comedians has come together for a project intended to help fund Planned Parenthood, but with the focus being on the “life-saving” work the abortion giant does.
The Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, St. Vincent, Björk, Bon Iver, and comedians Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, and Margaret Cho have all jumped aboard a new boxed set of tracks to be released on 7-inch vinyl records. The title of the project is a classy pun — “7-inches for Planned Parenthood,” thought up by The National’s frontman Matt Berninger and the band’s manager, Brandon Reid.
“The day after the election was very hazy,” Reid told Billboard. “We were throwing ideas back and forth and started to think about immediate things [President Trump] was going to attack and it was frightfully clear Planned Parenthood was on the top of that list. Many of us in music business are transient, don’t have health insurance and rely on Planned Parenthood so we got the idea off the ground.”
By design, the wording surrounding the project only mentions the non-abortion services Planned Parenthood provides to bolster the claim that they are in the business of health care for women. The 7-inches Facebook page states:
Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.
7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat. This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected. Do we know there’s a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance.
Cecil Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, is “incredibly grateful” for the show of support. She told Billboard, “We’re incredibly grateful to have the support of so many artists and entertainers, many of them who have themselves relied on us for health care.”
“Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years, and one in five women in America have turned to us for care,” Richards added. “Planned Parenthood has stood defiantly in the face of opposition for a century, and we’re not backing down now.”
In the promotional video belo, Galifianakis joins musicians John Legend and St. Vincent to rearrange the ’70’s hit, “Lovin’ You,” to include lyrics about testing for STDs. The results are seriously unfunny:
Here is the complete line-up of artists involved:
H/T Washington Times