In the 90s, Captain Planet was a cartoon TV hero who worked to protect the world’s environment with the help of “planeteers” or a group of diverse youth who had special powers with the help of elemental rings. Though the show has long since been canceled, Captain Planet is still working to protect the people of this world — by encouraging Australians to vote for same-sex marriage.
On the show’s official Facebook page, Captain Planet calls on Australians to vote “yes” on legalizing same-sex marriage:
“Without heart, there would be no Captain Planet! Australia you have only 14 days to make sure you are enrolled to vote in the postal vote on same-sex marriage. THE POWER IS YOURS!”
For those who aren’t aware of the 90s TV show, Captain Planet always took a stand on hard hitting issues of the day, especially those that focused on the LGBT community. It produced an episode that raised awareness on AIDS and HIV, called “A Formula for Hate.” In the episode, the villain Skumm spread lies about HIV/AIDS, which caused people to discriminate against a young man — voiced by Neil Patrick Harris — who had the virus. The end of the episode ended with a message that read:
“AIDS is a terrible epidemic plaguing our world, but two things make it even worse: ignorance and fear. You cannot catch AIDS from hugging or playing or eating in the same cafeteria with someone. Learn the facts about AIDS. Talk to your parents, your school nurse, counselor, or your teacher.”
Captain Planet may not be airing on television, but we sure appreciate its committment to raising awareness. And as the planeteers would say, “with our powers combined,” we can do anything. GO PLANET [AUSTRALIA]!