Back in February, we told you about Matt Damon‘s latest method to bring attention to the world water crisis: The actor humorously pledged not to use the bathroom until the everyone across the globe has access to clean water and sanitation.
Damon, who founded Water.org, asked other stars to join him on his strike, and slowly but surely, more are saying yes with their own hilarious PSAs.
First, in March, to honor World Water Day, actors Jason Bateman, Jessica Biel and Josh Gad stepped up and join the pledge. “It’s easy for me actually, because I’ve never gone to the bathroom in my entire life,” Biel says in their video.
Now another group of celebs has joined in, joking that they were coerced by Damon during a special meeting. In a new video, Bono, Olivia Wilde, and Richard Branson tell the story of how they ended up joining the strike.
“I remember when Matt first brought up the idea. It was at a meeting of the Illuminati,” explains Bono.
“Bono was so mad,” adds Wilde. “[He said] ‘Oy, Damon, who let you into our secret Illuminati meeting?’” “Then Bono started beating Matt with a two-by-four,” chimes in Branson. They also joke about Olivia being an android from the future and Bono being a nerd.
Damon closes the video with a funny plea. “Join the millions of famous people who’ve already joined my strike. And remember, if you don’t use the toilet, you’re a celebrity.”
But mixed in with the humor are some serious, alarming statistics: 780 million people — one in nine — lack access to safe water. Millions of people spend hours a day gathering clean water, which means these women and children can’t earn a living or attend school. And according to Water.org, almost three children die per minute from “water-related illness.”
Although Damon uses jokes to spread his message, he takes the matter seriously. “No matter where I go, I’m humbled by the outpouring of generosity shared with Water.org to help others end their struggle to get safe water. Hundreds of people, many of them volunteers, came together to make this idea a reality,” he said earlier this year.
To join his cause, head to StrikeWithMe.org.