As the US continues to be divided by controversial and possibly unconstitutional rulings put into place by Donald Trump, many Americans and people around the world are responding with messages of unity, acceptance, love and hope.
One country that is doing just that is Denmark. TV2Danmark is a Danish cable company that has just released an ad that is quickly going viral. Titled ‘All That We Share,’ the ad introduces various groups of people that at first glance have nothing in common. These 80 people, the rich and the poor, the urban dwellers and country folk, the immigrants and the Danish-born, are literally placed into outlines of boxes in a large room. As an announcer begins asking a series of 40 questions, people who identify with the question step forward to reveal that regardless of your box, everyone can find common ground with those around them.
Class clowns, step-parents, dance lovers and more come together in the video to discover that ‘us’ versus ‘them’ is only a reality if people fail to see that everyone can relate to their neighbor.
TV2Danmark posted an English-speaking version the ad on their YouTube page, writing “We live in a time where we quickly put people in boxes. Maybe we have more in common than what we think?”
The video was posted online on January 27, the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was also the same day President Trump released his #MuslimBan, denying people from numerous Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, and pausing the Syrian refugee program. In just six days, the ad has already amassed more than 1.3 million views and countless tear-stained cheeks.