I heart Breakthrough — “a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality, and justice.” Previously I’ve posted about their awesome Facebook game “America 2049”, and now they’ve got another sweet initiative: “#Rewrite The Ending“. Snip:
Show of hands: How many of you wish that Andy (“Pretty in Pink”) had ended up with Ducky? That after Willy dies (“Death of a Salesman”), his wife gets a great sales job without having to play the “poor widow” card? That when Simran’s father finally releases her hand (“Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”), she runs for the train to Goa and finds happiness on her own?
In other words: How often have you been enjoying a book, movie, play, or TV episode … when all of a sudden things take a turn for the sexist, misogynist, needlessly violent, or worse? Have you ever wished you could jump into a story, shout at the characters, grab the pen (or keyboard) of the writer, and make it turn out the way you think it should?
Now you can! Breakthrough presents “#Rewrite the Ending”, our Bell Bajao campaign’s first-ever fiction (re)writing competition. Your job: take a work of fiction — a novel, movie, epic myth, opera, poem, TV episode, short story, play, or anything else that inspires you (or makes you nuts) — and rewrite the ending to erase the sexism, highlight human rights, and win yourself some great prizes.
Deadline: November 21st. And you don’t have to be on Twitter to enter, although the contest does have a hashtag in the name! More information here.