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Sunday, August 7, 2016

This short film is designed to convince 'asshole' millennials to become organ donors


Coleman F. Sweeney is an asshole. He’s the type of person who buys truck nuts for his battered pickup to go along with his tacky bumper stickers and he shoots dogs with paintball guns that crap in his yard. He's also the center of a new PSA from Donate Life America, a group that works to encourage people to sign up as organ donors.

Portrayed by Thomas Jane (The Expanse, The Punisher), Sweeney’s story is played out in a deceptively touching short film that draws you in before it flips to a genuinely powerful reveal. The narration by Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Bojack Horseman) doesn’t hurt.


It’s a funny and crude work of advertising that highlights a pretty important issue: there’s plenty of people out there who are in need or organs, and that even terrible people can do some good. According to Adweek, the promotion was designed to appeal to "millennial men to become organ donors, as that demographic has dropped off in recent years."

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