Wait, can the enormous backlog of rape kits be funny? Obviously the answer is no, but somehow Maslany and the Funny or Die team make it work with an ’80s-inspired infomercial for the handy dandy “sexual assault survivor utility belt,” which comes in “pink, blue, or scream.” According to the PSA, it’s “the second best thing to meaningful legislation.”
In front of a packed room of 20-somethings sipping on free beer and noshing on mini tacos, Maslany, dressed in pink sneakers and a Rise T-shirt, explained why she got involved after meeting the organization’s founder, Amanda Nguyen, only a few months ago.
“I think there are a lot of us out there who want to do something and don’t think they have the right to,” said Maslany.
“We got to do a jokey thing, but we all felt so passionately because it was actually going to say something important, and you rarely get to do that as an artist.”