Robert Redford and Will Ferrell Spawn Activism

Are celebrities the voice of youthful consciousness?

Will Ferrell and Kelly Slater appear in a new Funny or Die video. (Courtesy of Funny or Die)

After the success of Zach Galifianakis's "Between Two Ferns" interview with President Obama—a humorous PSA for the Affordable Care Act—the website Funny or Die is suddenly interested in shaping public opinion.

Today the site released a three-video faux battle between Robert Redford and Will Ferrell over how to best reconnect the Colorado River with the Pacific Ocean. Redford wants to raise flows and is stumping for Raise the River, an actual charity, while Ferrell argues that it would be better to move the ocean inland.

"The Colorado River is one of the most loved and hardest working rivers in the world," says Redford. "But we’ve overused it. Most years the river dries up even before it reaches the sea."

Meanwhile, Ferrell, stumping for the faux charity Move the Ocean employs a cameo by surf legend Kelly Slater to make the case for moving the Pacific inland. "American professional surfers suffer from a lack of adequate surfable coastline in North America and are forced to travel great distances to enter surf competitions."

The main commentary in all of this, of course, is that 18- to 34-year-olds don’t actually care enough about the Colorado or healthcare or anything else, unless it comes in the form of a celebrity gag reel.

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