By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas “Funny or Die” takes on the very serious issue of voting, a “Fairy Jobmother” helps families get back on their feet, and Major League Baseball stands up to Cancer–here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. A Celebrity Reminder to Vote: It Only Takes Ten MinutesVoting in next week’s elections is no joke. But the masterminds at Funny or Die have gathered a group of actors to remind people that they shouldn’t let the day slip by without dropping their pick in the local ballot box. Among the socially conscientious stars are Aziz Ansari and his “Parks and Recreation” co-star Adam Scott, Ron Livingston from “Office Space,” and Donald Glover from “Community.” Their message–it takes ten minutes to vote and there are worse ways to spend that time.They’re even kind enough to suggest some alternatives.”Harold and Kumar” star and former Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, Kal Penn, suggests that you could, “Stay on hold with your insurance company to dispute a denied claim.”Or, perhaps, like Mary Lynn Rajskub from “24” recommends you could, “Try to sell raw meat to people stuck in traffic” or “drink your espresso in a thousand tiny sips.”We think we’ll just go to our local polling place next Tuesday. And we hope you do, too.
The Fairy Jobmother to the RescueA new inspirational show, “The Fairy Jobmother,” premiered last night on Lifetime. It’s one part “Supernanny,” one part “The Apprentice,” and one part “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The show centers around a take no prisoners host, Hayley Taylor who gets to the route of the problem, during a series of job interviews that can change someone’s life forever. And it pretty much guarantees that the audience will cry each and every week from the heartwarming stories.Hayley is an international career specialist who travels the country helping financially devastated unemployed families get back on their feet through a series of tough love tasks and motivational approaches. “The actual thing I think that hit me the most was the amount of debt that some of the families were in… They’ve obviously gotten themselves into situations where it’s not easy to get out of. Bills aren’t being paid. They’re struggling to try and manage.””The Fairy Jobmother” swoops in and gives them the tools to apply for jobs, go on interviews, and gain back lost confidence. “There are ways of feeling good about themselves, of feeling confident, of being able to communicate with people and fundamental things that affect you for the rest of your life.” Hayley said she that the biggest stumbling block for the people she helps is a lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem. “The fact that they’ve become unemployed has really knocked them in so many ways, particularly emotionally.” She also told us that the biggest reward for her is meeting the families, “They really want to move forward. They really want to accept the help that’s being offered. I just feel so privileged to have been in a position where I could share in their lives, be in their home, have them accept me like they do. I have learned so much from them.”So why does Hayley do all this? She remarked, “I’ve had many mentors in my life and people that I’ve taken little pieces from and aspired to be like. I hope that they can get a little bit of that from me and carry that forward… What we’re trying to do is make something that has a lasting impression, a lasting affect on the families that we work with.” “The Fairy Jobmother” airs Thursday nights on Lifetime at 9:00 PM PST (8:00 PM Central).Major League Baseball Stands Up to CancerWhile baseball fans stood up for the seventh inning stretch at the first game of the 2010 World Series, Major League Baseball was Standing up to Cancer. MLB, a founding donor of the charity, dedicated Game One of the World Series to the organization.In the middle of the seventh inning, when fans typically sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and run to get a hotdog, attendees of the World Series were treated to Tony Bennett’s touching performance of “God Bless America.” This was followed by a PSA featuring Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who delivered the message from MLB and SU2C, “When we all stand up together, we can make cancer history.”Jake’s inspiring PSA was followed up with sportscaster Joe Buck encouraging the crowd and viewers at home to spend $1 to “Launch a Star” in tribute to someone they knew who has been diagnosed with cancer. While the crowd was still on their feet, they did join in a rousing rendition “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to end the break.Earlier in the day, Gaylord Perry, Vida Blue, MLB executives, and Lou Seal the Giants mascot, visited kids in the cancer ward at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.Visit www.su2c.org for more info