New Joss Whedon Video: Firefly, Angel Stars and More Take Down Office Tyrant Chris Pine in Election PSA

A week before America goes to the polls, Joss Whedon would like to remind us that there’s strength in numbers.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator’s election-related PSA, released Tuesday, tells the tale of “Leonard,” a terrible blowhard of a businessman — played by Star Trek‘s Chris Pine — whose bratty, entitled behavior and insistence on controlling everything makes life unendurable for his beleaguered office mates.

Whedon standbys Alan Tudyk (Firefly) and J. August Richards (Angel) appear in the video as Leonard’s co-workers, who quickly reach their limit with his antics. (Sample bad behavior: Leonard points to a transgender bathroom and yells, “This frightens and arouses me!”)

“No employee would get away with this,” a message on the screen reads, just after Leonard’s co-workers band together to vote him out. “Why has Congress?”

Whedon’s previous election video, released in September, assembled a bunch of stars to protest Donald Trump, whom they called “a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society.” Actors in that clip included Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele).

Press PLAY on the video above to watch Pine behave badly.

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  1. Chris says:

    Not sure what this has to do with TIm Kaine being President of the United States…

  2. Luis Roman says:


  3. Wordsmith says:

    For the record, this really isn’t an anti-Trump PSA; it’s anti-Republican congress/senate. “Leonard” is a stand-in for all of the right wing legislators who constantly filibuster, shut down the government, take money from the gun lobby, refuse to appoint a Supreme Court Justice, make invasive decisions on women’s health and transgender rights, etc.

    • Wordsmith says:

      (because it’s easy to assume everything this election is anti- or pro-Trump, and it’s good to be reminded that there are other very important issues to address)

    • Anne says:

      Well said.

    • DJ Doena says:

      They make decisions on men’s health as well. It’s what congress as a law-making institution is for.
      It’s not 100% of men who vote Republican. But since 50% of the voters are women, why do we have a republican-controlled senate if these health decisions are supposedly so horrible?

  4. datdudemurphy says:

    Leonard was pretty entertaining…..I’m voting for him

  5. Joss Whedon for President!

  6. Brandi Snyder says:

    LMAO Chris Pine was fabulous!!!

  7. CourtTV says:


  8. Maria says:

    Dear Mr Whedon (and, really, every celebrity ever):
    You have zero influence in my voting choices.

    Every American Capable of Thinking for Themselves

    PS: My sense of humor is just fine, TYVM. However, i only laugh at things that are actually funny.

    • Daniel Snow says:

      You do realize he just reminding you to vote? Reminding you that have a voice and power. Calm down

    • Diane Glass says:

      I don’t think this particular PSA was pro or anti one candidate. I think it was more of a reminder that it isn’t just one person ruining our country’s functionality, but poor government as a whole. That ‘we the people’ have a responsibility to educate ourselves before we vote and hold those we do elect accountable for the acoins that they are taking in our names, toward our own governing.

    • quang says:

      I like the part of your capable post that states that the message in the clip is all wrong. Oh wait…

    • Tai says:

      Dear Maria,
      I’m pretty sure this video wasn’t trying to sway you in one direction or the other. It was encouraging you to vote. So if you do vote, you were wrong. You were influenced.
      This American who thinks for herself but doesn’t presume to speak for anyone else.

    • Anne says:

      I mean. it kinda shows your ignorance in thinking that every American is capable of thinking for themselves. So many people don’t vote or vote for people whose policies go directly against their self interest.

  9. syvyn11 says:

    If you need someone from Hollyweird to tell you how to vote, you’re a moron.

    This is so thinly veiled. I hope Whedon is one of the celebs that will leave when Trump wins.

    • Anne says:

      He’s not trying to veil anything. He’s a long-standing liberal who is trying to use his position to sway people to his point of view. We all do this in our regular lives, he just has a bigger platform. He also has no obligation to present an unbiased opinion.

    • Anna says:

      Seems like the only moron is the one that thinks this video has anything to do with Trump. Or is he running for Congress now?

  10. hank ronson says:

    that was awesome chris pine you nut joss I’m sorry I want more chris pine please please more more more