What if Martin Luther King, Jr., Anne Frank, Matthew Shepard and Yitzhak Rabin were still alive today?
A new video from the Anti-Defamation League depicts the contributions they could have made to society and asks viewers to envision a world without hate. Produced for the ADL’s 100th anniversary and set to John Lennon’s “Imagine,” the video has gone viral with over 350,000 views on YouTube.
Here are some viewers’ reactions on Twitter:
This video had me weeping in 20 seconds. Astonishing. Watch it. youtu.be/3KyvlMJefR4 ampmdash; Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) March 22, 2013
Warning, you will choke up. Thanks #ADL for your work. #Imagine a World Without Hate. via @ adl_national ow.ly/jhVwg @ amnesty ampmdash; Cristina Finch (@CristinaMFinch) March 21, 2013
The ADL’s critics, however, weren’t so moved:
Don’t be fooled by @ adl_national ’s efforts to whitewash its hateful activities facebook.com/occupyjudaism/… ampmdash; Occupy Judaism (@OccupyJudaism) March 22, 2013
If you find @ yokoono ’s licensing of “Imagine” to the ADL as inexplicable as I do, tweet her at #yokoQandA and let her know. ampmdash; Daniel Sieradski (@selfagency) March 22, 2013
While U.S. diplomats and officials tweeted support for the message:
An inspiring video by #ADL to mark its centennial. Congratulations and mazal tov @ adl_national ! adl.org/imagine ampmdash; Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) March 20, 2013
Part of PublicDiplomacy is about reaching people. @ adl_national video shows that theme in ways only video can adl.org/imagine ampmdash; Tara Sonenshine (@TSonenshine) March 21, 2013