Lesley Gore’s classic protofeminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” which reached No. 2 in 1964, has become a “get out the vote” public service announcement directed by and starring some major young female talent.
The Women Voter Call To Action PSA, which is just up today on YouTube and features Gore herself providing an introductory “I’m Lesley Gore and I approve this message” endorsement, was directed by rock ‘n ‘ roll cabaret act Citizen Band’s cofounder Sarah Sophie Flicker and award-winning filmmaker/artist Maximilla Lukacs. Among the many hipster notables seen lip-synching the words to Gore’s vocal are Girls creator Lena Dunham, style icon Alexa Chung, rock drummer/DJ Tennessee Thomas, filmmaker/writer Miranda July, teen feminist online mag Rookie creator Tavi Gevinson and Lula magazine creator Leith Clark.
Also recognizable are actresses including Zoe Kravitz, Rain Phoenix, Alexa Paladino, Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman and Natasha Lyonne; designers Rachel Antonoff, Tracy Ellis Ross, Melissa Coker and Vena Cava; and members of the bands Au Revoir Simone and Chapin Sisters.
“A bunch of us gals had all been horrified by the news, the repeated attacks on women’s rights, and the anti-women sentiment pouring out from the GOP generally,” says Flicker. “We decided we wanted to make a PSA.”
Flicker says she’d been long “obsessed” by “You Don’t Own Me,” and has been performing it with the Citizens Band.
“Tennessee had interviewed Lesley Gore for Lula a few months back and reached out to her,” she continues. “Lesley emailed back immediately, and couldn’t have been more amazing! She is very active politically and just got on board. Tavi had the brilliant idea of recording on computers–leave it to a 16 year old!—so we went to Lesley’s place with our computer and recorded her message.”
The others were approached by email with the instructions to record themselves lip-synching to “You Don’t Own Me” (song and lyrics were attached) via webcam. “Be yourself–laugh, smile, dance…be crazy!” encouraged the message. “We would love for you to wear bright colors, and most of all, have fun!”
That the gals obviously did, several also holding up pronouncements (example: “Mind. Body. Rights.”) jibing with Gore’s declaration of distaff independence.
“In a year that has seen the greatest backlash against women’s rights in recent history, now is the time not only to vote, but to send a mandate,” stated the email missive. “Tell the country, elected officials and the world that we will not stand for this any longer. We will not go backwards!”
On a more personal note, Flicker says, “I’m struck by the fact that we are teetering dangerously close to a situation where my daughter won’t have the same rights I’ve enjoyed my entire life–and that scares the heck out of me. Women constituted 60 percent of the last election’s voters. We can win this thing. We just have to agitate, motivate, and get out the darn vote!”
Gore returns at the end of the video. Looking back at 1964, the recent Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantheon inductee says, “It’s hard for me to believe, but we’re still fighting for the same things we were then. Yes, ladies, we’ve got to come together. Get out there and vote, and protect our bodies. They’re ours!”
“Please vote,” she concludes.
From: The Examiner http://www.examiner.com/article/lesley-gore-s-hit-you-don-t-own-me-is-the-theme-hip-vote-campaign-psa