City of Houston "Evangelion" AIDS PSA (Unreleased PSA; late 1990s)


City of Houston AIDS PSA
Spike Spencer and Tiffany Grant, the two actors who voiced the teens in the PSA.
Spike Spencer and Tiffany Grant, the two actors who voiced the teens in the PSA.
Status Lost

Some time in the late 1990s, Spike Spencer and Tiffany Grant, both voice actors who had many roles in anime, video games, and movies at that point (as well as both working on Neon Genesis Evangelion), were commissioned by the City of Houston to voice in a PSA for the AIDS virus.

Production

The studio that Spencer was working for at the time offered him a VA job from the City of Houston to voice a male teenager having unprotected sex with a female teenager as part of a radio PSA to warn people about AIDS. They needed someone to play the female teen, so Spencer asked Grant if she wanted to fill the role. When she accepted it, the two recorded the audio in separate booths.

The PSA itself consisted of the two teens having sex while an ominous announcer said, "One of these kids is killing the other" along with facts about protected sex and the AIDS virus. When the lines were recorded, the people who commissioned it literally thought their acting was "too good" and ultimately decided not to use it.

Connection to Evangelion

People often incorrectly believe that the two teens in the PSA were actually Shinji and Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion, who were voiced by Spencer and Grant respectively. However, based on Grant's recollection of the PSA, there were no connections or references to the characters or Evangelion.

This misconception likely originated from an off-hand joke in the DVD commentary track for episode two of the show ("The Beast"), where Spencer talks about the PSA after it's jokingly stated by M.G. that it was "Shinji and Asuka having sex basically." Both fans and various websites took this literally and began spreading the misinformation. However, multiple interviews and panel Q&As from the two have proven that there's little to no connection.[1]

Availability

As stated above, the PSA was left unreleased and still remains lost to this day. However, at least one copy of it is confirmed to exist, as Grant herself has stated that she still has a copy of it on an actual cassette tape. It's unknown if she can or will ever be able to give it to the public.

References

  1. 2013 interview with Tiffany Grant where she talks about the PSA (about seven minutes in)

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

8 months ago
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Nah, this is a joke, you guys...
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DemonDaze

3 months ago
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Maybe so. Just to be safe, I'm putting it in the Existence unconfirmed category.
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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I asked Grant and Spencer about it at their panel at 2016 Delta H Con (I didn't film it, which is one of my biggest regrets I have). Basically the city of Houston commissioned them to do a PSA with teenagers having unprotected sex but then backed out after hearing the recording because it was "too realistic" and made them uncomfortable. Matt Greenfield chimed in and said there was a voice over and everything ("LITTLE DID THEY KNOW... THESE CHILDREN WERE KILLING THEMSELVES").
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