Acclaimed director and Texas native Richard Linklater directed a sharp new PSA to fight a proposed “bathroom bill” making its way through the Texas legislature.
Dubbed the “Texas Privacy Act,” SB6 seeks to ban transgender people from using the restroom that aligns with their gender identity. The diverse cast in Linklater’s new spot explains that the bill is not about privacy, but discrimination, and points out the detrimental effects such a policy could have on state businesses (“We damn sure ain’t gonna end up like North Carolina,” one cowboy says). The clip also boasts a clever tagline, “I Pee With LGBT,” plus a few equally cheeky variations: “You gotta take a seat to make a stand” and “You gotta spray it, to say it.”
Along with Linklater’s PSA, other celebrities have joined the fight to stop SB6. Earlier this month, 140 stars, including Lady Gaga, Laverne Cox, Jennifer Lawrence and Alicia Keys, signed an open letter protesting the bathroom bill and other anti-LGBTQ legislation in Texas. The bill has also drawn criticism LGBTQ advocacy groups and others, including the NFL. After hosting the Super Bowl in Houston this year, the league suggested it would not consider Texas for future championship games if the bill becomes law.
The reaction to the Texas bill mirrors the response to North Carolina’s infamous HB2, which sparked a massive backlash among musicians and sports leagues. Most recently, the NCAA threatened to disallow North Carolina from hosting any championship events through 2022 after the state’s reluctance to repeal HB2.