The power is yours!
The iconic 90’s sci-fi hero Captain Planet has come out in support of same-sex marriage in Australia.
In a post on the show’s official Facebook page, Captain Planet stated: “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!”
It’s been 21 years since he’s been on the air, and he’s still our hero.
For those who don’t know, Captain Planet and the Planeteers was an edutainment cartoon program that ran from 1990-1996, featuring teenagers with the power to summon the elemental warrior to defend the Earth from pollution, villains and whatnot.
The show became well known for not shying away from adult issues, such as drug use and AIDS.
In the episode A Formula for Hate, the villain Skumm brainwashes the community by spreading lies about HIV/AIDS, causing the characters to discriminate against a young man with the virus – voiced by Neil Patrick Harris.
At the end of the episode, the social/political message named the ‘Planeteer Alert’, said: “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.”
So it’s no surprise that Captain Planet has come out in support of same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters: “‘l’ll be voting yes, as will my wife. I’m very open about that but the Australian people are never wrong when they vote, whether it’s for governments or on matters like this, their vote will be respected.”
Ballots for Australia’s postal vote will go out on 12 September, and you can register to vote here.