The Spike Lee-Directed Bernie Sanders Ad Will Give You Chills


Spike Lee, who endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in February, has released a new, five-minute ad for the campaign featuring a slew of activists and actors.

Titled "Wake Up," the video opens with Lee rallying a crowd to form as supporters gather together at a Brooklyn College gym. The footage of the supporters coming together is transposed with shots of Sanders addressing a crowd in the Bronx, New York. In the gym, celebrity endorsers talk individually about what Sanders brings to the table and why they're voting for him.

"Since the recession of 2008, we have seen the erosion of the black middle class get worse," Creed actor Tessa Thompson says. "The policies that the next president enacts will either set us on a course towards poverty or prosperity."

Others "feeling the Bern" in the video include actors Alan Cumming, Susan Sarandon and Rosario Dawson; singer and activist Harry Belafonte; intellectual Cornel West; and Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, the New York City man choked to death by police in 2014.

On Twitter, Sanders supporters were blown away by the quality of the commercial, and how it encapsulated their feelings about the Democratic presidential candidate.

Check out the full ad below:

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