Matt Damon Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge With Toilet Water
Matt Damon recently became the latest celebrity to take the ALS ice bucket challenge but decided to do so with toilet water. The seemingly disgusting feat wasn’t just for shock value however, Damon did it to highlight the fact that over 800 million people don’t have access to clean water.
E! News reports:
If you’ve ever been given a swirly, take heart: Matt Damons had toilet water all over his head, too!
The Oscar winner chose this fate, though, in response to Ben Affleck and Jimmy Kimmel nominating him for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
But why did Matt pour cold toilet water all over himself—as opposed to just dousing himself with cold water from the tap?
The challenge, he said, “posed kind of a problem for me, not only because there’s a drought here in California, but also because I co-founded Water.org.”
Because “not everybody has access to a clean drink of water—there are about 800 million people in the world who don’t,” Matt said that “dumping a clean bucket of water over my head seemed a little crazy.”
Water.org is also striving “to bring adequate sanitation to the 2.4 billion people on planet earth who don’t have it,” the father of four explained, he thought “a good thing to do to tie those things together” would be to use toilet water in his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
In the YouTube video, you can see Matt actually scooping water out of a toilet bowl.
“This is truly toilet water,” he says. “I’ve been collecting it from various toilets around the house!”
He admitted some people—including wife Luciana Barroso—might find the idea of dumping toilet water over one’s head “disgusting,” but he reminded us that “toilet water in the West is actually cleaner than drinking water in most developing countries.”
Bleh! Matt definitely did it for a good cause but it’s still pretty gross.
What do YOU think about his take on the ice bucket challenge???