One of the first thoughts in my mind as I watched “Unplanned” was how do we get the people who really need to see the movie to go see the movie? The answer, though, was not clear.
But I realize that, for some reason, plenty of Americans took up eating Tide Pods because of a challenge. So what if pro-life voters encouraged their Democrat representatives to go see the movie “Unplanned.” Call it the Unplanned Challenge.
The Iowa Standard told you about Rep. Art Staed (D-Cedar Rapids) calling the showing of “Unplanned” at the Capitol a political stunt. We also reported on how quickly he backtracked when he was called out by Sue Thayer, a former manager of an Iowa Planned Parenthood.
Will it work? Who knows. But if teens can be convinced to eat Tide Pods, can’t we convince members of the Democrat Party to consider watching a movie if for no other reason than to better understand a large bloc of their constituents?
So, The Iowa Standard encourages you to reach out to an elected Democrat in Iowa. Email one of them. Tag them in a Facebook post. Tweet at them. Call them. Just do something. Issue the “Unplanned Challenge” to them. Let them know you’re more than willing to buy their ticket and perhaps a popcorn, just like Thayer offered Rep. Staed.
Iowa has a Democrat attorney general in Tom Miller. A Democrat auditor in Rob Sand. A Democrat Treasurer in Michael Fitzgerald. A few Democrats in Congress in Cindy Axne, Abby Finkenauer and Dave Loebsack. There are also 18 Democrats in the Iowa Senate and 47 Democrats in the Iowa House.
If you do issue a challenge, let us know. If you receive a response, let us know that too! Email firstname.lastname@example.org