Green Means Go! by Harker Jones | Script Revolution

Green Means Go!



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When a charismatic TV host sues a pop-star for lip-synching, she becomes a lightning rod of controversy; caught up in her own celebrity, she inadvertently causes a tragedy and discovers the fickle nature of fame.

In a faraway candy-colored land of golden days, fast cars, and perfect bodies—a place called Hollywood—plastic people are celebrated for doing nothing. Charismatic TV host Penny Cartwright, however, dreams of a world in which talent is celebrated over shamelessness, a world in which society still has meaningful standards for art, culture and human decency.

The bane of Penny’s existence: Va Jay-Jay, the vapid, Auto-Tuned puppet of a pop star who rules the roost over the more talented but insecure B-lister Sassy. Sassy, fed up with always being second fiddle, decides she needs to do something drastic to secure her place in the celebrity stratosphere.

Penny, guilted by her friends—big Va Jay-Jay fans who insist she’s underrated—attends a Va Jay-Jay show and is disgusted when the sound goes out, revealing the talentless tart to be lip synching. And like Sassy, Penny, too, decides to do something about her nemesis. With the support of her partner in crime, Shartreuse, Penny coordinates a plan to sue Va Jay-Jay for fraud.

To her surprise, the lawsuit sparks nationwide controversy, with people both celebrating and denigrating her, catapulting her to a level of fame she hadn’t known. While going head-to-head with her TV cohost and her two best friends, Penny finds herself being courted for her own show by a man who may or may not be interested in more.

Meanwhile Sassy, angling to capitalize on Va Jay-Jay’s downfall, has reinvented herself through extensive plastic surgery as Butt-Butt, a blatant Va Jay-Jay knockoff, supplanting her as the Biggest Pop Star on the Planet.

Penny allows her unintentional celebrity to go to her head, leading the country to turn on those who don’t reach her moral standards, and alienating her friends. Just as she triumphs in her lawsuit, though, Butt-Butt is caught up in her own lip-synching scandal, and the country turns on her suddenly and viciously. Devastated by her downfall, Butt-Butt commits suicide.

While Butt-Butt is celebrated as a retroactive legend and icon, Penny is vilified by the public as the cause of her death, ultimately threatening her career and causing her to face her own demons and failings. Instead of imploding, she comes to term with her issues and faces the world a kinder, gentler soul, letting go of the trappings of fame and power.

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“Green Means Go!” was a semi-finalist in the Circus Road Screenplay Contest

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The Writer: Harker Jones

I’ve worked in publishing as a writer, editor, and critic for 15 years. I was managing editor of “Out” magazine for seven years where I also copyedited two novels. I have written two novels and six screenplays. I hold a degree in written communication and literature from Eastern Michigan University, am currently a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and am a card-carrying member of Mensa. Go to bio

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