20 years ago, when she was 18, teen sensation Rachael Leigh Cook — of She’s All That and Nancy Drew* fame — made a PSA that was so earnest and ridiculous that people still mock it two decades later. In the 30-second spot, an edgy and disaffected Cook destroys an entire kitchen with a frying pan, angrily informing the viewer that the carnage she’s wreaking is a symbol for the way that drugs ruin your brain, your family, your career, and, ultimately, your life.
Along with Debbie, the woman who smoked through her stoma, Cook’s bringing ruin to helpless home furnishings quickly became one of the most iconic PSAs of the ’90s.
Now, 37-year-old Cook has a different message. Partnering with Green Point Creative, a content agency working towards legalizing cannabis in America, Cook returned to the kitchen to deliver another important message — that both drug policy and “the war on drugs” are racist, dishonest, and need to change.
Just say no? Cook’s not buying it anymore. Here’s the ad:
On Twitter, Cook labeled America’s current drug policies a “failure of the most vicious kind” and is urging her followers not to sit idly by while ‘the war on drugs’ claims more and more victims, ruining the careers, families, and lives of people of color.
“It costs billions,” Cook says in the PSA, “and it doesn’t work. Any questions?”
*We can all agree that Josie and the Pussycats was her best work, though, right?